In 2013, Republican Mark Walker ran for Congress as an outsider pastor, surprising many when he upset Phil Berger Jr. – the son of Senate leader Phil Berger and the preferred candidate of GOP leaders.
Now Walker’s facing a challenge in the Republican primary as he seeks a second term in the Sixth District, which includes parts of Greensboro and six counties along the Virginia border.
Greensboro attorney and Air Force veteran Kenn Kopf launched his campaign for the seat last week. Kopf argues that Walker isn’t conservative enough. Kopf promises to join the “Freedom Caucus” in the House that’s closely aligned with the Tea Party movement.
Kopf ran for the Congressional seat – once held by Republican Rep. Howard Coble – in 2014 but came in eighth out of nine candidates in the GOP primary. Kopf received 1.2 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, Walker officially launched his reelection bid over the weekend.