The United States Constitution mandates for citizens to be at least 25 years old before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. A citizen must be at least 30 to serve in the United States Senate and 35 to be the nation’s Commander in Chief. On Jan. 30, Ethan Wingfield, a 26 yearold native of Buncombe County, announced his candidacy to be the next Congressional Representative of the 11th district of North Carolina. He formally filed to run on Dec. 22, 2011. Clearly, the new candidate believes his youth will be an asset rather than a liability.
The house seat is occupied by Democratic incumbent Heath Shuler, who has served WNC in Congress since defeating Republican Charles Taylor in the 2006 midterm elections.