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Edwards endorses Moffitt for state House seat

Recalling that he gave him his first job when he managed a McDonald's in Hendersonville, state Sen. Chuck Edwards on Monday endorsed Tim Moffitt for a state House seat over Dennis Justice.

Moffitt, who was elected to two terms in the state House in Buncombe County, and Justice meet in the March 3 primary for the Republican nomination to the House District 117 seat that Chuck McGrady will vacate next January.

"Back in the early 1980s, I gave a skinny kid named Tim Moffitt his very first job at a McDonald's here in Hendersonville, where I worked as the manager," Edwards said in an email to supporters. "We both graduated from West Henderson High School and we were both Scouts, with Tim going on to get his Eagle — the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America.

"Now, almost forty years later, I'm asking you to help me get Tim Moffitt another job: as the next Republican representative from Henderson County in the N.C. House. And the best part is that your help won't cost you a thing — except your vote. Although I don't have a primary this year, I'm asking you to vote for Tim in his Republican primary as if you were voting for me. Conservative Tim Moffitt has my complete and total endorsement for N.C. House 117."

If he wins election this year, his seniority will go with him, Edwards said, "meaning that Henderson County will continue to have a powerful seat at table when it comes to making decisions in the N.C. House."

"Among many accomplishments, Tim was a chief architect of North Carolina’s Tax Reform efforts (which has since spurred the state’s economy and produced record budget surpluses) and as chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, Tim worked to remove thousands of burdensome business regulations — and his legacy of reform still echoes today," Edwards said.