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Meadows' top district aide files for seat

Wayne King, deputy chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, officially filed for the seat on Friday, saying that he wanted to keep constituent service "paramount" in the 11th District and touting his familiarity with the 17-county area.


A former vice chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, King has been Meadows' top district-based aide throughout the congressman's four terms.

"I want to make sure constituent service is paramount," he said in an interview with the Lightning. "We've helped literally thousands of people in Western North Carolina and I want to see that continue."

In a statement, he said he would work to represent the 11th District and support "my friend" President Trump.

"After much prayerful deliberation, discussion with my friends and family and reaching out to community leaders and elected officials across western North Carolina I decided to file for Congress today," he said. "Since 2013, I have proudly stood with Congressman Mark Meadows to represent the people of Western North Carolina. I have a unique understanding of the needs of the entire district, the relationships necessary to hit the ground running on day one and love and appreciation for our mountain values.

“As your next Congressman, I will work tirelessly every day for the people of the 11th District just as I’ve done for the last seven years. I am committed to defending and protecting our God-given rights and constitutional freedoms, securing the border, growing our economy and keeping the government out of our day-to-day-lives. I will stand on principle, I won’t back down, and I will fight for what is right for the future of our district and our nation. I look forward to defending my friend President Trump from the attacks of the liberal left and working with him to Keep America Great.”