Arden, North Carolina - On his end-of-year disclosure report, conservative Republican business leader Ethan Wingfield will report a total of $204,019 in contributions to his campaign to become the next Congressman from North Carolina's 11th district. Wingfield raised this substantial sum in just 10 days of active campaigning at the end of December. He managed this feat in such a short period of time with the help of over 100 individual contributors. The December 31 report will show $201,131 cash on hand.
Wingfield filed his statement of candidacy on December 22, 2011, just 10 days before the end-of-year reporting deadline for contributions. He is seeking the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District, which comprises much of Western North Carolina. The seat is currently held by Democrat Heath Shuler.
Speaking about the December figures, Ethan said, "I am humbled by the support I have received from the people of Western North Carolina, and I am very thankful that my supporters have helped put me in the top tier of candidates in this race. I am even more excited by the momentum created in 2012 by our success in December."
Additionally, Wingfield stated, "North Carolinians want solutions that will fundamentally change how business is done in Washington. They are tired of simplistic sound bites, scapegoats, and stonewalling. Western North Carolina deserves a conservative, pro-life leader with real solutions to double-digit unemployment and out-of-control government spending. My career has been devoted to solving problems and building anew. My campaign will offer concrete and substantive solutions to Washington's problems. It's a campaign to build anew an America that is strong, prosperous, and free--the envy of all nations. I am pleased that we will have the resources to have a discussion with every voter in NC-11 about those solutions."
EDITOR'S NOTE: According to Josh Miller, a reporter for Roll Call – a national publication covering Capital Hill – about half of the money "raised" by Wingrield comes from a personal loan from the candidate to his own campaign. Here's Miller's Tweet on the subject:
More info: Of the $204,000 #NC11 candidate Ethan Wingfield will report for Q4, about 1/2 was from a personal loan. #ncpol
Here's the remainder of Wingfield's press release:
About Ethan: An American Success Story
A native of Buncombe County, Ethan Wingfield is a conservative Republican running for Congress in North Carolina's 11th district. He is a Christian businessman who has helped create thousands of jobs through his work as a successful tech entrepreneur and strategy executive at a Fortune 500 company.
In 2003, Ethan started a successful technology firm. Unlike many of the out-of-touch politicians in Washington, he understands the joys and challenges of growing a small business--making payroll, dealing with government regulations, serving clients, and creating opportunities for hardworking Americans. The company was a success and was ultimately bought by another company in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Ethan began working for Capital One, one of America's leading financial services firms, where he rose to become a senior strategy consultant who advises the CEO. While with the company, Ethan worked tirelessly alongside senior leadership to make the bank more focused on the needs of hardworking Americans on main street while driving the company's growth and creating thousands of jobs during these difficult economic times.
Ethan has been able to be so accomplished at a young age because of the values he learned while growing up in the mountains near Weaverville. Ethan earned the rank of an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts and was homeschooled along with his five siblings. Having been responsible for his own education, Ethan developed a strong belief in the power of education to give everyone access to opportunity and prosperity. He later attended Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College for two years before being admitted to Brown University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy.
While at Brown, Ethan served as the president of the largest Christian fellowship on campus, with nearly 200 members. Also while in college, Ethan was elected as the state chairman of the Rhode Island College Republicans and expanded the organization while helping to successfully reelect a pro-life, conservative governor in liberal Rhode Island. In the years since, Ethan has helped conservative Republicans campaigning for offices ranging from city council to the United States Senate.
Ethan and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Arden. A devout believer, Ethan and his family have attended Trinity Presbyterian Church in Asheville for over two decades.