The GOP primary to take on Rep. Heath Shuler gained another candidate Tuesday.
Jeff Hunt, a Republican district attorney for three counties in western North Carolina, announced Tuesday he is running to take on Rep. Heath Shuler (D) in the 11th district.
“For the last five years the 11th District has not had a strong leader fighting on its behalf in Congress and we cannot afford more of the same,” Hunt said in a statement. “Getting our economy back on track begins by getting rid of Heath Shuler.”
Hunt joins two other GOP opponents in the race to unseat the vulnerable Shuler. Tea-party-aligned ophthalmologist Dan Eichenbaum and retired Army Col. Spence Campbell have declared their candidacies in the GOP primary.
The state Legislature is likely to finalize maps within weeks. Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue cannot veto a redistricting map under state law. The Department of Justice of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia must preclear new lines before they can be enforced.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.