Possibly the most difficult decision on the June 7th Primary ballot is who to pick as the Democratic candidate for the District 11 U.S. Congress position, to run against Republican incumbent, Mark Meadows.  In alphabetical order, following are briefs on both candidates:

Rick Bryson was raised in Swain County, where the county seat was named for his great-grandfather, who was a representative to the NC General Assembly.  Both his grandfather and father held a number of elected positions and Bryson’s claim that he “was born and bred to politics” is based on being a 4th generation public servant.  He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC State and developed a career as an industrial public relations writer in Ohio.  He then retired to the North Carolina Mountains of his youth.  In 2013 he was elected to the Town Board of Alderman in Bryson City.  As an alderman, he has worked to upgrade the city’s water system and pushed for his hometown’s designation as a “Trout City.”

Mr. Bryson stands for a better North Carolina and the following issues:

  • Economic revival via a high-tech development corridor in western Carolina
  • Free public education
  • A strong Environmental Protection Agency
  • Common sense gun reform
  • Universal health care
  • Keeping Social Security public
  • Improving veterans’ benefits
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Improving our transportation system with a roads program.
  • Website:  rickbrysonforcongress.com

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Tom Hill was born and raised on a farm in East Flat Rock, NC.  He received a B.S. from Wake Forest College in physics and mathematics, magna cum laude, and a Ph.D. in physics from UNC Chapel Hill.

Later he worked for the Department of Defense and in the aerospace industry.  He has authored several books on physics and, most recently, a personal memoir entitled Some Time Ago.

He retired to the family apple orchard and became interested in politics as a result of the failures of the elected officials to address and solve the problems which now face our nation.  Dr. Hill is the father of 3 and grandfather of 5.

These are the issues that form Tom Hill’s platform:

  • He is a strong advocate of state-supported schools.
  • He believes that fracking must not be allowed in our district.
  • On immigration he says, “I will fight to support a means for keeping Hispanic workers available for Western North Carolina’s agriculture.
  • On a tax plan:  “Close offshore and other tax loopholes that are robbing our country of just revenues.”
  • On health care:  “Do a better job for our veterans…and replace the ACA with a bill that includes a public option.”
  • On the gender pay gap:  “Raise the minimum wage and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.”
  • About parks and forests:  “No more government shut-down, no fracking and legislate to protect our wilderness.”
  • Website:  tomhillforcongress.com

Why You Should Vote OUT Mark Meadows (R-I)

Mark Meadows has been serving as our NC District 11 Congressional Rep for 3 1/2 years.  In this time, his most notable achievement has been his collusion in the Oct. 2013 government shutdown.  National parks alone lost over $400 million in visitor spending and the Great Smoky Mountain Park lost over 300 thousand visitors.  The bills he has sponsored often seem to support his major campaign contributors more than his constituents, attacking public education and affordable health care.  He supports increased carbon-based energy production and potentially dangerous pipelines, while trying to eliminate environmental and consumer safeguards.  A founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, Meadows has recently blocked the passage of the national budget, showing his disdain for seniors, students and all hard-working people.  We cannot afford to have Mark Meadows continue to represent us!