Under the Dome

‘Middle of the road’ Mountcastle to run for state House

Democrat Brian Mountcastle says he will run for the state House seat held by first-term Republican Chris Malone.

Mountcastle, a 36-year-old Knightdale businessman, calls himself “a middle-of-the-road, mainstream person,” who will support “strategic investments in education.”

Mountcastle is the latest announced Democratic candidate to hammer on education budgets and teacher pay.

“We need new leadership in Raleigh,” Mountcastle said in a statement. “The past few years have been devastating for our public schools, community colleges and university system. We need leadership in Raleigh who will focus on governing the state – not a radical conservative agenda.”

Mountcastle manages construction projects and properties for Weingarten Realty. He and his wife own a regional distribution company specializing in law enforcement equipment.

Republicans hold a 77-43 advantage over Democrats in the House.