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Blust to announce campaign plans

State Rep. John Blust, a Republican from Greensboro, has called a news conference for Thursday afternoon to announce whether or not he is in the running to replace U.S. Rep. Howard Coble in the 6th Congressional District.

Doesn’t seem like the seven-term legislator, who is an attorney and accountant, would hold a news conference to say he’s not running, but you never know. He says he’ll also be glad to talk about what the General Assembly is up to.

“After weeks of giving careful consideration to becoming a candidate for the 6th District United States Congress seat, I have reached a decision and will be announcing my decision at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Republican Party Headquarters,” Blust wrote in an email sent to reporters Wednesday afternoon.

“I will also be gald to answer any questions concerning the sixth district campaign or the actions of the North Carolina General Assembly in the latest session or in the upcoming short session next May,” Blust wrote.

Coble announced he will retire after next year. The field of candidates is growing increasingly crowded.