Under the Dome

Raleigh Democrat Cynthia Ball seeks Rep. Gary Pendleton’s House seat

Democrat Cynthia Ball announced Wednesday that she’ll run for the N.C. House District 49 seat currently held by Republican Rep. Gary Pendleton.

Ball, a certified mediator who’s making her first run for elected office, criticized the GOP-led legislature in a news release Wednesday.

“I've seen that all that we love about North Carolina is now being put at risk by the path we're on,” she said. “Large corporations and wealthy individuals have received huge tax breaks while the middle class, working families and seniors have seen their taxes rise. Education continues to be cut.”

Ball says her professional background would be an advantage in the legislature. “I will use my training and experience in business and in mediation to focus on common sense solutions, not on crippling partisan ideology, and to build on the wonderful strength and tenacity of all those who call our state home,” she said.

Pendleton, a retired Army brigadier general and business owner, is in his first term. His district stretches from Wade Avenue north to Interstate 540. He won a close race last year against Democrat Kim Hanchette, garnering 52 percent of the vote.

Pendleton said he’ll seek another term and has already raised $102,000 for his reelection campaign. House Speaker Tim Moore is hosting a fundraiser for Pendleton next month at the home of Raleigh attorney Jim Cain, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark.

This year’s shift to a March primary means that candidates will file for office in December, and many of them are already making formal announcements.