HENDERSON COUNTY – Former Buncombe County Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt announced this week he will run in 2020 for the N.C. House of Representatives District 117. The district has been represented for nearly a decade by Republican Chuck McGrady, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Moffitt previously served two terms in the N.C. House representing portions of Buncombe County, and was an effective Republican legislator from the Asheville area, of all places. His effectiveness as a Republican may have been too good for that area, though. He earned animated opposition and lost reelection in 2014 in a close race, midterm, during a Republican domination.
In fact, Moffitt was ranked as the General Assembly’s most effective legislator during his final term. Now he wants to head back to Jones Street and address some unfinished business.
From Blue Ridge Now:
“[…] “I’d like to apply my working knowledge of the legislative process to represent the people of Henderson County, particularly in the areas of economic development and criminal justice reform,” Moffitt said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “And of course, I’ll do my best to add to Chuck’s considerable body of work on modernizing North Carolina’s Prohibition-era ABC system.” […]
During his earlier legislative tenure, Moffitt said he focused on improving government efficiency, strengthening private property rights and growing the economy. He was a chief architect of North Carolina’s Tax Reform efforts, which has since spurred the state’s economy and produced record budget surpluses.
As the chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, Moffitt said his work helped to remove thousands of burdensome business regulations. […]”
A re-invigoration of tax and regulatory reforms, proactively fighting to defend individual rights, and hacking government barriers to prosperity out of the way would be a welcome thing. In recent years the Republican majority seemed to rest on its laurels and step off the gas, and their electoral losses were probably not merely coincidental. The next elections should be a return to those policy approaches and missions that fueled the Republican majority wave in the first place. Moffitt reentering the scene maybe a move int he right direction.
Read more about the former lawmakers new run for office here.