Asheville Citizen-Times Endorses Dean Hicks and Brian Turner Over Presnell and Moffitt
In endorsements released this week, the Asheville Citizen-Times has endorsed Dean Hicks and Brian Turner in their races for State House against Rep. Michele Presnell and Rep. Tim Moffitt, respectively. In endorsing Hicks, the newspaper cited his commitment to public education in contrast to the outrageous and often offensive comments Rep. Presnell has made. The Citizen-Times also looked unfavorably on Rep. Moffitt's attempts to strip Asheville of its water system and airport and citied Turner's pledge to listen to the community, as well has his opposition to fracking and the ongoing cuts to public education.
Hicks brings to the race in District 118, which includes Yancey and Madison counties and part of Haywood, the experience gained in three terms on the Yancey County Commission. As a retired teacher and coach, it is not surprising that he stresses public education.
"I want to be a voice for public education in North Carolina," he said in a campaign statement. "My goal will not be accomplished until the school systems and teachers in this state are ranked No. 1 in the nation. Our children deserve no less."
Incumbent Michelle Presnell, also a former Yancey County commissioner, has on occasion made national headlines in an unenviable manner, such as when she equated Islamic prayer with terrorism and supported a bill that would allow establishing a state religion in North Carolina.
Rep. Tim Moffitt, who represents southwest Buncombe's District 116, has put forth legislation affecting the city of Asheville, Buncombe County's economic engine. He has voted to strip the city of its water system and airport and to prevent it from growing through annexation. There may well be some merit to some of the moves regarding the city, but unilateral manner in which those moves were made is troubling; all were was done without any consultation with city officials.
By contrast, Turner said "I want to hear (people's) concerns." He attacked fracking and coal-ash legislation and said "We are dismantling our public education system."