Paul Coble, the chairman of the Wake County Commissioners and a former Raleigh mayor, announced this afternoon that he would be a candidate for the 13th district congressional seat now held by Democrat Brad Miller.
Coble said he would run on his record as a fiscal conservative and on his desire to see the nation's economy put on a better path.
Our economy is in a coma and the root cause is overspending in Washington, said Coble, who runs an insurance agency.
He is expected to run in a crowded field in a district that the legislature is likely to make much more Republican-leaning. Former U.S. Attorney George Holding and Bill Randall, who was the GOP nominee last time, have announced their candidacy.
Coble said he had already rung in 68 percent of the district in his previous races. He expects to spend $1.5 million on the primary.