Chatham County GOP chairman Jim Duncan announced via Twitter on Monday that he will challenge U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in her re-election bid.
Duncan, a retired computer-industry leasing executive, considered running in the 2014 primary election for the 2nd district, at a time when Ellmers was under attack by some in her own party as being too close to the Republican leadership in Congress.
Duncan was considered a serious challenger but he didn’t join in the criticism of Ellmers at the time. Later last year, he said he was once again considering a run, telling Dome at the time that if he runs “it is because I want to better represent issues that matter to my community and reflect their values.”
Ellmers, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave, and then handily defeated GOP challenger Frank Roche in the 2014 primary and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken in the general election in November.
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Duncan founded the Coalition for American Principles, a nonpartisan group, and became chairman of the county party in 2010.