Michael Greer O’Shea Files to Run in the Newly Redrawn NC House District 117

Michael Greer O'Shea
3 min readMar 4, 2022

Michael Greer O’Shea filed to become the Democratic candidate in the newly redrawn North Carolina House District 117 in Henderson County. Born and raised in Mills River, NC, where he currently resides, O’Shea said, “My family has called this area home my whole life and I’m excited to be running to represent the citizens of this newly redrawn district. The people here deserve representatives that work for the working families of Henderson County, not the other way around.”

O’Shea is no stranger to politics or campaigning. In the 2020 election cycle he ran for Congress in the NC-11 district, becoming the first millennial to appear on the Democratic primary ballot for that office.

When O’Shea ran for Congress, his platform called for a return to what he called traditional mountain values–caring for our community, caring for our land, ensuring everyone gets a fair deal, and ensuring our personal freedoms. He believes in pragmatic policy solutions to modern problems and putting the needs of the people above partisan politics.

“I’m sick of clickbait culture wars and the corporate bought politicians on both sides of the aisle and I don’t think I’m the only person who feels that way. People are hurting and it’s time that the politicians in Raleigh set aside their partisan bickering to focus on doing right by the working families of this great state. I will work to build coalitions to pass pragmatic policies that will get the people the help they need and deserve,” said O’Shea.

O’Shea has spent most of his career in the entertainment industry as a music producer, working with audio engineering clients from around the country, and currently plays drums in the local retro rock band Aunt Vicki and has a solo electronic rock project called Kinjac. He also works as a real estate broker with Town and Mountain Realty and has years of experience in real estate investment and property management.

O’Shea’s parents were the minister and music director at the Unity of the Blue Ridge church in Mills River for over 30 years and his family has called these mountains home since before the Revolutionary War. He graduated from West Henderson High School and Western Carolina University, where he studied philosophy and…

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Michael Greer O'Shea

Running for NC House 117. Former candidate for Congress. 1st millennial on the NC-11 Dem Primary ballot. Music producer and Realtor with a Philosophy degree.