Jul 26, 2011
07:13 AMThe Daily Scoop
District Attorney Hunt Announces Congressional Bid
District Attorney Jeff Hunt has declared his candidacy for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District against incumbent Heath Shuler.
Hunt Congressional Campaign
Tuesday morning, North Carolina District Attorney Jeff Hunt declared his candidacy for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District in Western North Carolina.
Hunt, currently serving in his fifth term as District Attorney for Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties, has been active on behalf of Republican candidates and conservative causes at all levels for the past three decades.
“Western North Carolina, and our entire country, is at a defining moment in our nation’s history,” Hunt said in a news release distributed to local media. “The results of this Congressional election and elections all across our country will determine whether the America we leave to our children and grandchildren will be as strong, prosperous and free as the America that was left to us.”
Hunt graduated from Wake Forest University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and received both his law degree from Wake Forest Law School and license to practice in the 1975.
He began his legal career with the Asheville firm Long, McClure, Parker and Hunt with an office in Marshall and in 1981 became in-house Trial and Labor Counsel for the Ecusta Group of Olin Corporation in Brevard.
In 1994, Hunt was elected District Attorney of District 29 and has been reelected four times, most recently in 2010 without opposition. He was elected by his fellow district attorneys as president of the Conference of District Attorneys and has been elected several times to the conference's executive committee of the Conference, most recently in 2010 and 2011. Since 1983, he has served as a member of either the Board of Directors of his local community hospital or of the hospital foundation and has also served on the State Personnel Board, the State Banking Commission and the State Economic Development Board.
Hunt has been very active in Western North Carolina Republican politics and conservative causes for the past 35 years. He co-chaired Mayor Pat McCrory’s 2008 campaign for governor in Western North Carolina as well as Senator Richard Burr’s election campaign in Western North Carolina.
In his announcement Tuesday, he also had some comments regarding incumbent Congressman Heath Shuler.
“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 commented. “Getting our economy back on track begins by getting rid of Heath Shuler."
Earlier this month, former Republican congressional candidate Spence Campbell of Hendersonville also announced he would challenge Shuler for the 11th District seat in next year’s election.