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December 19, 2013

State Rep. John Blust won’t run for Coble’s seat

Rep. John Blust, a Republican from Greensboro, says he will not run for U.S. Rep. Howard Coble’s seat. Instead, he will seek re-election to the General Assembly.

Rep. John Blust is running – just not for Congress.

The Greensboro Republican enticed everyone with an invitation to a public announcement Thursday at GOP headquarters there disclosing his intentions about the seat being vacated next year by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble in the 6th Congressional District.

But it was a lot of bluster. His announcement was simply that he would seek re-election to the state House. He has been in the legislature for seven terms.

“With a four year old daughter and a mother with fairly severe dementia, after carefully analyzing the race for a congressional seat, it became clear to me that I could not give my best efforts as a candidate in what will be a very competitive race with several good candidates and also fulfill my family responsibilities at this time,” Blust said in a statement he released.

“Serving in the North Carolina House does not require nearly the time away from home that service in the US Congress would entail. Although I have long thought I would someday run for congress when Howard retired, it just turns out that it will not be possible at this point in my life.

“I look forward to continuing my work in the North Carolina House if the people of the 62nd District see fit to give me the opportunity to represent them again in the next legislative session. Serving the people in the state legislature has been a tremendous honor for me.”

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