Under the Dome

Ellmers gets GOP challenger

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.

Duncan founded the Coalition for American Principles, a nonpartisan group, and became chairman of the county party in 2010.