If freshman US Rep. Madison Cawthorn (#MadCaw) has done nothing else in his short time in Congress, he's energized a growing squad of Democrats who want to challenge him for his seat in 2022.
Bo's mom was also a social worker and his dad retired from the United States Air Force. Like them, Bo felt a call to public service. For nearly 20 years, he has been proud to call Western North Carolina home. Bo earned an Associate of Human Services Technology from Asheville-Buncombe County Technical College, a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Carolina University and eventually his Master of Social Work from WCU.
"For years I have listened to my patients, their struggles, their heartbreak, what keeps them up at night, what causes them to fall into despair. Lack of opportunities, the rising cost of healthcare and affordable housing has pushed people into hard times," said Hess. "I want to give the people of Western North Carolina a voice. I want to work everyday in Congress to create practical policies that will help real people in their everyday lives."
Here's the list of additional Democrats who've said they'll run in the NC11 Democratic primary next March (so far). (Links go to what we've written about them on WataugaWatch.)
According to Western Carolina Univ. political scientist Chris Cooper, a young woman named Katie Dean has also filed paper with the Federal Elections Commish but has not so far formally announced her candidacy.