We'll focus on one of our selected districts each day this week, introducing the candidates who have filed and providing some background info about the area. Stamp NC Blue does not endorse candidates.
We are staying in the mountains for today's district. House District (HD) 119 includes part of the Asheville metropolitan area, in addition to parts of Haywood, Jackson, and Swain Counties. Much like HD-93, HD-119 is much less diverse than North Carolina as a whole. It also has a relatively older population, with fewer residents aged under 50 than the state average and significantly more of retirement age and above. It is also a less wealthy than average district, with a median household income of $39,500 compared to a state average of $46,300.
This district is represented by Republican Mike Clampitt, who was elected with a very narrow victory (50.39% of the vote) in the last election. This was his first successful election attempt after two previous runs for the seat in 2012 and 2014. Learn more about NC HD-119 here and more about its political history here.
In 2018 the Republican incumbent is being challenged by Democrat Joe Sam Queen.
Republican Mike Clampitt does not have an active Facebook campaign page or website, although his personal Facebook page can be found here. He serves on multiple committees in the NCGA and is a retired fire chief. For more information about his legislative record, check out his entry on Ballotpedia.
Joe Sam Queen represented the district prior to 2016. He describes himself on his website as "an architect, a businessman, a father, and a husband" and lists his key areas of policy interest as jobs, education and healthcare. He is a teaching fellow at North Carolina State University and lists many civic activities and memberships on his website. For more information on his legislative record, check out his entry on Ballotpedia and for updates, find his Facebook page here.
HD-119 encompasses some of the most beautiful places in North Carolina, including part of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a look here for more photos of this very special part of our state.