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Asheville Dem announces challenge to McHenry

 

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

An Asheville Democrat has filed to run for North Carolina’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Patrick McHenry.

Tate MacQueen filed last Friday. For the past 20 years, MacQueen has served public schools throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and North Carolina, and he has taught at the collegiate level at the University of Delaware.

Over the past six years, Tate has led the effort to hold a multimillion-dollar contaminator responsible after a chemical spill affected Asheville residents. In addition, he has successfully petitioned lawmakers for access to city water in the communities surrounding Asheville. Having experienced the impact of environmental negligence, MacQueen feels he understands how to keep businesses thriving while protecting western North Carolina and its residents.

“I will use my life experiences — as an educator, a community leader, a coach and a father — to fight for the working families of western North Carolina and help mend a broken Washington,” MacQueen said. “I will be accessible my constituency and visible in the district.”

Election filing for candidates ends at noon on Feb. 28. The primary election is May 6.

 

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