Under the Dome

Democrat ex-diplomat will challenge Rep. Walter Jones again

Former career Marine and one-time foreign diplomat Marshall Adame is making another run for U.S. Rep. Walter Jones’ 3rd Congressional District seat.

Adame will run in the Democratic primary. He lost in the 2008 primary.

Adame’s campaign sent out a news release on Tuesday saying that the candidate filed in July but has been in Saudi Arabia working for the U.S. Department of Defense. He plans to return to his Jacksonville home next month, and step up his campaign.

Jason Thigpen, who runs an advocacy group for students who are veterans, earlier this year changed his party affiliation to Democrat, blaming the Tea Party, and will also compete in that primary.

Taylor Griffin, a former aide to President George W. Bush, is running in the GOP primary for the congressional seat. Griffin recently began airing radio ads throughout the district criticizing Jones as too liberal for the district, which covers a large area of Eastern North Carolina, from the Virginia border to south of Wilmington.