Longtime Congressman Howard Coble has called a news conference at the Guilford County GOP headquarters on Thursday “to announce his future political plans,” according to an announcement by his office Wednesday.
There has been much speculation this year that Coble, 82, will not seek a 16th term. He was had health issues recently, and he has not been raising campaign funds.
There has already been interest in his 6th District seat by a number of Republicans, including District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., who is the son of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Berger said he would run if Coble doesn’t.
Nathan Tabor, a former Forsyth County Republican Party chairman, has announced he plans to run for the GOP nomination. As does Mark Walker, a Greensboro minister.
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Others who have indicated interest include Tom Manning, chairman of the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, and Bill Wright, the former mayor of Pleasant Garden and former chairman of the Guilford County Republican Party, according to the Greensboro News and Record.
Laura Fjeld, a former high-ranking official for the University of North Carolina system, has filed as a Democrat for the congressional seat, which covers all of five counties and portions of five others, including Durham, Granville and Durham counties.
Coble has held the seat since 1984.