Buncombe County – Retired Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan, who left the Democrat Party right before leaving office, endorsed Western North Carolina native Wayne King in the Republican primary to replace outgoing U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows to represent North Carolina’s 11th District. Duncan made statewide news in 2018 for leaving the Democratic Party because of the anti-law enforcement sentiment in the party.
“I support Wayne King because he has strongly supported public safety in Western North Carolina,” Duncan said. “He, along with Congressman Meadows, have worked diligently to make sure that Firefighters, EMS and Law Enforcement have the tools they need to protect their communities. I cannot think of anyone more qualified to be our congressman than Wayne King.
“I am honored to have Sheriff Duncan’s endorsement,” King said. “He dedicated his career to keeping the people of Western North Carolina safe, ultimately, serving 12 years as sheriff of Buncombe County before his retirement. Sheriff Duncan is also a man of great courage and conviction who stood up for law enforcement locally and around the nation by leaving the Democratic Party and calling out the anti-law enforcement sentiment that is prevalent in the party.
“I had the good fortune to work with Sheriff Duncan during my years as Mark Meadows’ District Director., Sheriff Duncan knows I’m the voice we need in Congress to ensure our mountains remain a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. He knows I will always stand with our Firefighters, EMS and Law Enforcement and that I will build on Congressman Meadows’ successful efforts to ensure they have the tools, resources and support necessary to keep all of us safe.”