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Graham files for congressional run
Charlotte Democrat seeks 12th District seat
Published Friday, May 10, 2013 11:48 am
by Herbert L. White

N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham is turning his political ambitions to Washington if the 12th Congressional District seat become available.

N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham, a Charlotte Democrat, has filed with the Federal Elections Commission to declare his candidacy for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Mel Watt.

Graham, a Charlotte Democrat, has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to declare his candidacy for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Mel Watt should Watt be confirmed as leader of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. A special election would then be required to fill the remainder of Watt's term.

The 12th Congressional District Watt has represented since 1992 is the most urban in the state’s House delegation, extending from Charlotte’s Center City to Salisbury, Greensboro, High Point and Lexington.

Whites make up 47.2 percent of voters, followed by African Americans at 44.6 percent and leans Democratic.

Watt, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, would resign from Congress should the U.S. Senate confirm him. Graham is the first to publicly state his intentions, but others are floating the idea of a campaign, including N.C. Reps. Rodney Moore of Charlotte, Alma Adams of Greensboro, Marcus Brandon of Greensboro and Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem.

“We must continue to invest in jobs, education and infrastructure to keep our community moving forward,” said Graham, who has been a state senator since 2005. “I am excited about the chance to continue the great work Rep. Watt has done and to make even more progress. We’re taking steps now to lay the framework for the campaign so we can come out of the game ready to get to work.”

Graham, special assistant for community engagement and government affairs at Johnson C. Smith University, served on Charlotte City Council from 1999-2005. He was elected chairman of the Mecklenburg County delegation earlier this year.


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