D.A. Hunt announces candidacy for Congress

Published 9:01 am Monday, August 1, 2011

N.C. District Attorney Jeff Hunt (R-29B) recently declared his candidacy for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District in Western North Carolina. He will face incumbent Heath Shuler (D).
Hunt, currently serving in his fifth term as district attorney, has been active on behalf of Republican candidates and conservative causes at all levels for the past three decades. His current D.A. district encompasses all of Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties.
“Western North Carolina, and our entire country, is at a defining moment in our nation’s history,” said Hunt. “The results of this Congressional election and elections all across our country will determine whether the America we leave to our children and grandchildren will be as strong, prosperous and free as the America that was left to us.”
Hunt graduated from Wake Forest University in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. In 1975 he received his law degree from Wake Forest Law School and was licensed to practice in the same year.
He began his legal career with Long, McClure, Parker and Hunt, an Asheville law firm with an office in Marshall, N.C. In 1981 he became in-house trial and labor counsel for the Ecusta Group of Olin Corporation in Brevard. Prior to rejoining the Long Parker law firm, Hunt was a solo practitioner in Brevard.
In 1994 Hunt was elected District Attorney of District 29, consisting of Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, McDowell and Rutherford counties. In 2006 the district was changed to include Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties.
Hunt was elected by his fellow district attorneys as president of the Conference of District Attorneys and has been elected several times to the executive committee of the conference, most recently in 2010 and 2011.
Hunt and his wife, Margaret, have a son, Reed, who is an assistant district attorney in Mecklenburg County. Hunt’s daughter, Emily, is an associate at the New York office of Skadden Arps law firm.

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