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POLITICS BRIEFS: Bossert appointment, GOP meetings, health care forum

Bossert appoints 
campaign manager

The Leadership Committee of the Norm Bossert for State Senate campaign has appointed Meg Hoke campaign manager.
Hoke is a Hendersonville resident who has become known in progressive circles for organizing and hosting weekly postcard parties resulting in over 12,000 postcards being written by hundreds of attendees making their opinions heard on federal, state and local issues.
“I have gotten to know Norm over the last several months,” Hoke said in a news release. “He is a dependable, steady presence, always takes time to really talk to people and learn what matters to them. As a retired principal who dedicated his career to education, he has strong opinions about public schooling. But he is also a champion for issues such as health care, housing, and the environment. I’m a social worker, so it’s important to me that a candidate have compassion for those who are vulnerable and struggling. Norm is that kind of man. I’m honestly thrilled and honored to be asked to serve in this way. It’s going to be an exciting year!”
Hoke moved to the area in 2005, having fallen in love with the mountains as a child visiting her grandparents here. She attended Wake Forest University and has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas.
“I think Meg’s training in communication and coordination are absolutely vital in her position as campaign manager,” Bossert said. “Plus, she has such a heart for it. Meg is the perfect person for this role.”

GOP sets Men’s Club,
 breakfast gatherings

Sheriff Charlie McDonald is guest speaker for the first Republican Breakfast of the year at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Dixie Diner in Laurel Park. McDonald will speak on a number of topics affecting Henderson County and law enforcement.
The Henderson County Republican Men’s Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Dixie Diner. The Men’s Club is looking for volunteers the assist in recruiting, programs, marketing and speakers. A survey will be provided to solicit input on programs, location, speakers and other activities.  All registered Republicans, men and women, are invited. For more information on the breakfast call 828-329-4971 or email


Health care forum
 set for Sunday

A forum on the health, economic and social aspects of providing health care to all will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, and feature Joel R. Segal, who as the senior legislative aide to U.S. Rep. John Conyers was one of the lead staffers on the Affordable Care Act and co-authored HR 676, also known as “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.” The event is at Patton Auditorium at BRCC.

“Millions of Americans are needlessly suffering because of our bloated, complicated, inefficient profit-driven healthcare system,” Segal says. “Nothing is more important than being able to get the healthcare you need when you need it, without the fear that it will bankrupt you. For many, it is quite literally life and death. That is why in 2003, while working for Congressman John Conyers, I co-wrote a bill that offered real solutions.”

Congressional candidate
 at Poe House Jan. 23

Phillip Price, a Democratic candidate for Congress, invited voters to share their thoughts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Poe House, 105 First Ave. W. For more information about Price go to