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Politics

Queen, Clampitt Race In WNC Marks Fifth Face-Off In A Decade

Two white men, Rep. Joe Sam Queen on the left and Mike Calmpitt on the right. Clampitt has grey hair with grey facial hair and Queen has light grey hair. Both men are smiling  and wearing a suit and tie.
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In November's election, Rep. Joe Sam Queen (left) will face off against challenger Mike Clampitt (right) for the fifth time in District 119.

One of the most competitive local races in the state is in District 119, which includes Jackson, Swain and Haywood Counties. Democratic Rep. Joe Sam Queen and his Republican challenger Mike Clampitt have vied for the same seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2012. This is their fifth race against one another and its outcome will take Western North Carolina’s political temperature this election season. 

On Sept. 24, Blue Ridge Public Radio reporter Lilly Knoepp co-moderated a virtual town hall in which both candidates spoke on a number of issues including Medicaid expansion, defunding the police and medical marijuana legalization. Knoepp joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the race.

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