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Meet the state candidates on the WNC ballot

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Do you know who is on your ballot? This is a guide to the platforms of the state candidates in WNC based on local reporting from Blue Ridge Public Radio, Smoky Mountain News, and other media organizations, as well as the Voter 411 guide by The League of Women Voters.. Early voting starts October 20th.

If you have questions on how to vote check out BPR's Frequently Asked Questions.

This list includes candidates for State Senate Districts 46-50 and State House Representative Districts 114-120.

The NC Senate districts were redrawn and enacted in 2022. Find your district with this interactive tool. 

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The North Carolina Senate Districts in 2022.

Senate 46 – Buncombe, McDowell and Burke

Billy Martin (D) — N&O Questionnaire

Warren Daniel* (R) — (did not fill out N&O or Voter 411 forms) campaign website

Senate District 47 – East Haywood, Madison and Northeast

Mitchell County Senator Ralph Hise*(R) is running unopposed in the newly drawn district which separated Canton and Clyde from the rest of Haywood County. Watauga County Senator Deanna Ballad lost the primary to Hise.

Senate District 48 – Henderson, Polk and Rutherford Counties

Jay Carey (D) — Voter 411

Tim Moffitt (R) — (did not fill out N&O or Voter 411 forms) candidate website

Senate District 49 (Western Buncombe County)

Julie Mayfield (D) — Voter 411

John Anderson (R) — (did not fill out N&O or Voter 411 forms) candidate website

Senate District 50 Cherokee-Haywood

Kevin Corbin* (R) — N&O Questionnaire, Voter 411

Karen McCracken (D) — N&O Questionnaire, Voter 411

Both candidates spoke to the Smoky Mountain News about issues including education, inflation and Medicaid expansion.

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The North Carolina House of Representatives districts in 2022.

The NC House of Representative districts were redrawn and enacted in 2022. Find your district with this interactive tool.

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District 114 (Buncombe County)

J. Eric Ager (D) — N&O Questionnaire, Voter 411

Everett D. Pittillo (R) — (did not fill out N&O or Voter 411 forms) campaign website

District 115 (Southwest Buncombe County)

Lindsey Prather(D) — N&O Questionnaire, Voter 411

Pratik Bhakta (R) — (did not fill out N&O or Voter 411 forms) campaign website

District 116 (Northwest Buncombe County)

Mollie Rose (R) — N&O Questionnaire, Voter 411

Caleb Rudow (D) — N&O Questionnaire, Voter 411

District 117 (Henderson County)

Michael Greer O’Shea (D) — N&O Questionnaire and Voter 411

Jennifer Capps Balkcom (R) — Voter 411

District 118 (Haywood, Madison County)

Mark Pless* (R) — Blue Ridge Public Radio

Josh Remillard (D) — Blue Ridge Public Radio

Pless and Remillard spoke with BPR in October about issues from abortion, government overreach, and inflation.

District 119 (Swain, Jackson and Transylvania County)

Mike Clampitt* (R) — Blue Ridge Public Radio

Al Platt (D) — Blue Ridge Public Radio

New district maps ended one of Western North Carolina’s longest-running electoral feuds. Incumbent Republican Mike Clampitt of Swain County faces Democrat Al Platt from Swain County. Both candidates spoke with BPR in Octoberv about issues such as abortion, inflation and healthcare.

District 120 (Cherokee, Clay, Macon and Graham)

Karl Gillespie*(R)

The seat was uncontested. In 2020, in the eight far-west counties over 50 percent voted for former President Trump. In the region, all of the legislators are Republicans including those serving at the state and federal level, BPR reported in April.

Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.