Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria said Tuesday he is “seriously considering” running for a seat in the N.C. House of Representatives next year.
Calabria, 34, was elected to the Wake Board of Commissioners in 2014 and just finished a one-year term as the board’s vice chairman.
Calabria, a Democrat from Fuquay-Varina, would run in District 36, which is represented by seven-term Republican incumbent Nelson Dollar. The district includes parts of Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Cary.
Jennifer Ferrell, a Democrat, has already said she will challenge Dollar in 2018. She lost her campaign to unseat Dollar in the last election.
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Democrats are hoping to build on momentum they say they gained after the party this year won key races in municipal elections across North Carolina as well as in statewide races in Virginia and New Jersey.
Calabria said his work as a commissioner has prepared him for the state legislature.
“As a Wake County commissioner, I have had a front-row seat as the legislature fails to support our schoolchildren, holds back our economy, harms our environment, and imposes unfunded mandates on local governments,” Calabria said. “It’s important that we step up and work to return to the values that made North Carolina great.”
Calabria has been a vocal advocate for education and food security during his time on the commission. He also pushed for the Wake Transit Plan, which was approved by voters in 2016 and will expand bus service.
His term on the board ends in the fall of 2018.
Calabria graduated in 2005 from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was student body president. He received his law degree from Duke University in 2009 and works as an attorney.
Calabria said he expected to make a decision “in the near future” on whether he will run for the General Assembly.
Staff writer Paul A. Specht contributed.
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