Western Carolina University (WCU) has scheduled a series of debates before the upcoming general election on Nov. 4. The first candidates to take the podium in the University Center are vying for the United States House of Representatives seat for North Carolina's 11th District that is currently held by Mark Meadows – R. The incumbent will be taking on Democratic challenger Tom Hill. District 11 includes Macon, Jackson, Clay, Buncombe, Haywood, McDowell, Madison, Polk, Transylvania, Yancey, Graham, Cherokee, Swain, and Henderson counties.
A brief biography of the candidates opened the debate. Hill hails from Hendersonville and grew up on an apple farm there. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill eventually receiving his PhD in physics with a focus in aerospace and rocket science.