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Town Hall

In partnership with the Jackson County Community Foundation’s opioid and addiction awareness campaign for the month of September, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise hosted a town hall on the opioid and addiction crisis.

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This town hall fostered tangible steps that will make significant and lasting contributions to the well-being of the people affected by addiction in the Western North Carolina Region. 

We welcomed representatives from across our area, state and the southeast provide a forum for discussion and progress. We also had a panel of experts from Western Carolina University covering a wide variety of topics impacting these issues.

About the Event


Watch the livestream of the event below.

Keynote Speakers

Shelley Moore Capito, Senator WV

Shelley Moore Capito


Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. senator in West Virginia’s history. Senator Capito serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee.

A lifelong West Virginian herself, Senator Capito was born in Glen Dale in the Northern Panhandle. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. She and her husband Charles L. Capito Jr. reside in Charleston. They have three adult children: two sons, Charles (wife Laura) and Moore (wife Katie), and one daughter, Shelley (husband Colin Macleod). They have also been blessed with six grandchildren: Celia, Charlie, Eliza, Rose, Arch, and Macaulay.

Jim Davis, Senator NC

Jim Davis


Jim Davis is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly. He represents the Senate’s fiftieth district, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon,and Swain counties.

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Davis earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Missionary College, now Southern Adventist University in 1969, and earned his DDS degree from Loma Linda University‘s School of Dentistry in 1974. In 1989, he graduated from Loma Linda with his MS in orthodontics.

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