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Democratic Iraq War Vet to Challenge Republican Madison Cawthorn

Democratic Iraq War Vet to Challenge Republican Madison Cawthorn

Freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina is facing a growing field of strong Democratic challengers that now includes a veteran of the Iraq War.

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“Josh Remillard, a 38-year-old veteran of two combat tours in Iraq now living in Mills River, said he will compete for the district that covers most of Western North Carolina. Remillard was a candidate in 2020 for North Carolina state House 117 District,” The Ashville Citizen-Times reported on Wednesday.

Remillard said in an announcement on March 10th that North Carolina’s 11th House District “deserves better” than Cawthorn, whose candidacy and election to Congress have been marred by accusations of sexual impropriety, allegations that his backstory is fake, and widespread condemnation for endorsing the January 6th siege on the United States Capitol:

I served in the Army for eight years, including two combat tours; I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and do the hard work of strengthening our economy, fixing a broken health-care system, and improving our kids’ education. I’m running because Western North Carolina deserves better. We deserve leaders that will uphold the Constitution and make our lives better, not someone who would incite insurrection and prey on women.

The Citizen-Times noted:

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Other Democrats are expected to come forward for a primary to determine who will enter the general election. Those thought to have interest include Eric Gash, a Black Hendersonville minister, and Rick Ingram, a New York attorney who grew up in WNC. Other possible contenders could come from the Democrat’s 2020 primary, won by retired Air Force Colonel Moe Davis with Gina Collias, a former Republican, finishing second. Opting not to run but expressing interest that year was Rep. Brian Turner of Biltmore Forest. 

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