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Battle to decide on U.S. House run
Charlotte native to announce on July 10
Published Friday, July 5, 2013 9:57 am
by Herbert L. White

The 12th Congressional District race may have another competitor next week.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Counsel George Battle III will announce on July 10 whether he will campaign for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte. Watt is President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. If Watt is confirmed, he'll resign the congressional seat he's held since 1992.

Prior to joining CMS in 2010, Battle, a Democrat, was associate general counsel, corporate counsel and associate corporate counsel at Carolinas Healthcare System.

“Our country is really at a crossroads," Battle said in a statement. "We are contending with serious issues, and it worries me that my children may never have the same opportunities that I had.  I’ve talked to citizens all over the district in the last few months, and fulfilling their hopes and dreams for the future is paramount to America’s success.”

A Charlotte native and graduate of West Charlotte High School, Battle is the son of AME Zion Church Bishop George Battle. The younger Battle is vice chair of the Community Building Initiative Board of Directors. He has also served on the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, and the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor Search Committee at UNC-Chapel Hill, his alma mater.

If Watt is confirmed by the Senate, the 12th District race could become crowded with Democrats. N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham of Charlotte has already announced his intentions to run for the seat if Watt resigns and N.C. Reps. Rodney Moore of Charlotte, Alma Adams of Greensboro, Marcus Brandon of Greensboro and Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem have also been linked to potential campaigns.

The 12th District is the most urban in North Carolina, stretching from Charlotte's Center City to Salisbury, Greensboro, High Point and Lexington. Whites make up 47.2 percent of the district's voters, while blacks account for 44.6 percent.


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