Under the Dome

Democrat challenges Congressman Mark Walker

Democrat Pete Glidewell of Elon launched his campaign Wednesday against freshman Congressman Mark Walker, a Republican who represents North Carolina’s Sixth District.

Glidewell announced his candidacy on Veterans Day in front of a Burlington Veterans Memorial. He’s a textile sales executive who recently served as chairman of the Alamance County Democratic Party.

“The key problem for us to solve as a nation is to get people working again,” Glidewell wrote on his campaign website. “To do this we must protect our jobs from moving overseas, enhance the ones we have here, regain the overseas jobs we are losing and create new jobs. No candidate understands our district better than I do as I have lived and worked here from birth.”

Glidewell appears to be the second Democrat in the race, joining former Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis, who fell short in the 2014 Democratic primary for the seat to Laura Fjeld.

Incumbent Walker is seeking a second term in the Sixth District, which includes parts of Greensboro and six counties along the Virginia border.

He already has two announced Republican primary opponents, Greensboro attorney and Air Force veteran Kenn Kopf and Guilford County police officer and Coast Guard veteran Chris Hardin.