The bulk of the population in District 47 lives in the lowland counties. Rutherford alone has more people than the three mountain counties of Madison, Yancey, and Mitchell combined. Both Democrat Wheeler and the incumbent Republican Ralph Hise live in Spruce Pine in Mitchell County. The winner this fall might be the man who hustles the most in the "downhill from home."
|Sen. Ralph Hise|
The original complaint against Hise, filed in March of 2017 by activist Greg Flynn, detailed a variety of errors and omissions in Hise’s campaign disclosures. They include:
✿ Hise loaned about $50,000 to the campaign, but was repaid about $60,000 according to the reports.
✿ Required information about campaign contributors – including employers and addresses – were missing from the reports.
✿ A failure to report more than $9,000 that nine political action committees reported making to his campaign over a four year period.
✿ A failure to provide itemized information on thousands of dollars in campaign disbursements.If there ever was an incumbent hog feeding at the trough, it's Hise, and he needs to go. David Wheeler might be the candidate to send him packing in a year like 2018.