Western North Carolina House Races
Like the Senate, Republicans are anticipated to remain in control of the House following the election. According to the John Locke Foundation’s Civitas Partisan Index, of the 120 total Senate seats, 58 are likely to elect Republicans, 56 will likely elect Democrats, and six are “toss-up” districts. Republicans need to win six of the toss-up or lean Democrat seats to take the supermajority.
In November, voters in the western part of the state will decide the winners of the following races:
District 85: Avery, McDowell (Part), Mitchell, and Yancey
Incumbent Representative Dudley Greene (R-McDowell) is seeking his second term in the House. He faces Democrat Robert Cordle, a first responder. The district is rated “safe Republican.”
District 86: Burke
Incumbent Representative Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke), who chairs the House Education K-12 Committee and the House Select Committee on an Education System for North Carolina’s Future, is running unopposed for an eighth term.
District 87: Caldwell and Watauga (Part)
Incumbent Representative Destin Hall (R-Burke), who chairs the House Rules Committee, is running for a fourth term. He faces Democrat Barbara Kirby in this “safe Republican” seat
District 89: Catawba (Part) and Iredell (Part)
Incumbent Representative Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba), who is the Senior Chair of the House Finance Committee, is running unopposed for a 13th term.
District 90: Surry and Wilkes (Part)
Incumbent Representative Sarah Stevens (R-Surry), who serves as the House Speaker Pro Tempore, is running unopposed for an eighth term.
District 93: Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga (Part)
Incumbent Representative Ray Pickett (R-Watauga), a businessman, is seeking his second term in the House. He faces Democrat Ben Massey, an Ashe County farmer, in this "likely Republican" seat.
District 94: Alexander and Wilkes (Part)
Incumbent Representative Jeffrey Elmore (R-Wilkes), an educator, is seeking his sixth term in the House. He faces Democrat Chuck Hubbard, a newspaper publisher, in this district rated "safe Republican."
District 96: Catawba (Part)
Incumbent Representative Jay Adams (R-Catawba), who Chairs the House Wildlife Resources Committee, is running unopposed for a fifth term.
District 111: Cleveland (Part) and Rutherford (Part)
House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) is running unopposed for an eleventh term. He has served as Speaker since 2015.
District 113: Henderson (Part), McDowell (Part), Polk, and Rutherford (Part)
Incumbent Representative Jake Johnson (R-Polk), who chairs the House Appropriations, Information Technology Committee, is running unopposed for a second full term.
District 114: Buncombe (Part)
Democrat J. Eric Ager, a Navy veteran and farmer, is running for this seat being vacated by his father, current House Representative John Ager (D-Buncombe), who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. He faces Republican Everett Pittillo in this "safe Democrat" seat.
District 115: Buncombe (Part)
Democrat Lindsey Prather, an educator, is running for this seat being vacated by current House Representative Brian Turner (D-Buncombe) who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. She faces Republican Pratik Bhakta who won his primary by just one vote. This is rated as a "likely Democratic" seat.
District 116: Buncombe (Part)
Incumbent Representative Caleb Rudow (D-Buncombe) is seeking his first full term in the House. He was appointed following Representative Susan Fisher's resignation earlier this year. Representative Rudow faces Republican Mollie Rose in this "safe Democrat" seat.
District 117: Haywood and Madison
Republican Jennifer Balkcom, a community leader and small business owner, is running to fill this seat being vacated by Representative Tim Moffitt (R-Henderson) who is running for the State Senate. Balkcom faces Democrat Michael O'Shea, a music producer and former Congressional candidate. The seat is rated "likely Republican."
District 118: Haywood and Madison
Incumbent Representative Mark Pless (R-Haywood) is running for his second term in the House. He faces Democrat Josh Remillard, an Army veteran. The district is rated "safe Republican."
District 119: Jackson, Swain, and Transylvania
Incumbent Representative Mike Clampitt (R-Swain), a former fire captain, is seeking a third term in the House. He faces Democrat Al Platt, a Brevard based architect. The district is rated "lean Republican."
District 120: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, and Macon
Incumbent Representative Karl Gillespie (R-Macon) is seeking a second term in the House. He is running unopposed.