District Attorney Jeff Hunt, a Republican from Brevard, has announced his candidacy for the 11th district U.S. House seat held by Democrat Heath Shuler.
Hunt is in his fifth term as DA for the district that includes Henderson, Transylvania and Polk Counties.
“For the last five years the 11th district has not had a strong leader fighting on its behalf in Congress and we cannot afford more of the same,” Hunt said in a statement. “Getting our economy back on track begins by getting rid of Heath Shuler.”
Hunt has long been active in GOP politics. He co-chaired Pat McCrory's 2008 campaign for governor in 2008 as well as Sen. Richard Burr's western campaign last year.
With the Republican legislature about to get make the 11th district more Republican leaning, the district is expected to attract a lot of attention from Republican candidates.
Two Republicans, Spence Campbell and Dan Eichenbaum, have announced plans to run against Shuler, Both have lost races to Shuler in the past.
Campbell is a retired Army intelligence officer and Hendersonville businessman while Eichenbaum is a Murphy ophthalmologist and former Navy officer. Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell has said he will challenge Shuler in the Democratic Primary.