Republican Mike Clampitt of Bryson City officially kicked off his bid for NC State House District 119.
The seat is currently held by Democrat Rep. Joe Sam Queen of Haywood County.
Clampitt made his announcement Saturday afternoon at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro, surrounded by guests and drop-ins from the district.
The 119th District includes both Jackson and Swain Counties plus the western part of Haywood County.
When asked why he would subject himself to another bid for the seat, he said “I feel strongly that the people here deserve their voices be truly heard in Raleigh, so why not keep trying. I want to open the door to the general assembly for the public through open communication between them and the representatives.”
Republican Aaron Littlefield of Cullowhee has previously announced he will seek the nomination for the the 119th House District.
Clampitt is well-known in the district as being heavily involved with many charity projects throughout the entire district. Read more about Clampitt at his websitemikeclampitt.info or call him directly at 828-736-6222. Clampitt pledged to always keep his phone on to all in the district.