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10/4/2017 12:47:00 PM
...And Then There Was One
(L-R) Kenneth Queen and David Wilson Brown
(L-R) Kenneth Queen and
David Wilson Brown

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Kenneth Queen, a retired Navy veteran from Rutherford County who had announced his candidacy for the 10th District seat in Congress in next year's election, pulled out of the race on Wednesday (Oct. 4th). 

Queen made the announcement on his Queen for Congress Facebook page:

"As most of you know, I have been dealing with pain from an injury I received while deployed in 2010. I spoke with my doctor on Monday and the MRI has revealed increased compression of nerves in my spine around the site of the original injury. I was not surprised at these findings because two weeks of rest and being off of my feet did not decrease the pain I am experiencing. I will, in the near future, have to undergo another back surgery to relieve the compression.

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"For this reason, I will have to end my campaign and withdraw from the race against Patrick McHenry. This was not something I could have anticipated, and I am extremely disappointed that I cannot continue. I want to apologize to all of my supporters. I know many of you have donated time and money, and I am sorry that those efforts did not bring the outcome we were hoping for. Thank you to everyone who offered words of encouragement and support. Thank you to each and every supporter who stood beside me.

"This campaign has been one of the most educational experiences of my life. I have learned so many lessons; I could not possibly list them all here. However, the lesson that strikes me as most important is the level of division we have created between ourselves. This polarization, between Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, will be our downfall. If we cannot turn our eyes and energy, as one, toward the source of corruption then we will continue to fail each other. We can disagree with each other, passionately, vehemently, but we must stop vilifying fellow citizens. We must stop turning away in disgust, and instead respectfully and civilly speak to each other with a truly open heart and mind. Please help me carry this forward. If we can do that then our campaign was not a waste, but instead a vehicle for change.

"The money left in our campaign fund will be donated to charity, and of course I will let you know which charity we choose. Please post suggestions if you have any. Again, thank you to everyone. This has been an amazing experience."

Queen's withdrawal leaves David Wilson Brown of McAdenville as the only announced Democratic candidate for the seat currently held by McHenry.

Queen had been scheduled to address the Lincoln County Democratic Women's October meeting next week (Thursday, Oct. 12th).

There has been talk that Andy Millard, who ran against McHenry in 2016, might give it another try. Millard was unavailable for comment, but he may be invited to address the Democratic Women's meeting next week.

McHenry also has one opponent who has announced he is seeking the GOP nomination for the seat. Officially, there are no real candidates yet. While Brown has filed papers with elections officials allowing him to raise campaign funds, the filing period doesn't begin until February. The primary election will be in May.

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