plans no reelection in WNC district; eyeing new 13th instead

Madison Cawthorn, a first-term Henderson County congressman who has gained national prominence for his right-wing, pro-Donald Trump views, plans not to run in his home district in Western North Carolina.

Congressional maps approved Nov. 4 by the General Assembly put Cawthorn’s home county of Henderson in the new 14th District, along with most of what is traditionally considered WNC. Those 15 counties include Buncombe, Madison and Transylvania. Watauga County was not in the former district but has been added to the 14th, minus a small sliver.

But, according to Michele Woodhouse, the chair of the Republican organization for the current district represented by Cawthorn, the congressman has said he is looking to run instead in 2022 for the neighboring new 13th District. Counties in that district are Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, Burke, Cleveland, Gaston and part of Mecklenburg, home of Charlotte. 

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