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NC Sen. Andrew Brock to run for Congress under new map

Sen. Andrew Brock makes his presentation during the Senate appropriations committee meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.
Sen. Andrew Brock makes his presentation during the Senate appropriations committee meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh. cseward@newsobserver.com

State Sen. Andrew Brock, a Mocksville Republican, became the first candidate to announce that he’ll run for Congress in the new 13th District – which was shifted hundreds of miles across the state on redrawn maps.

“I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and eager to provide the people of the area with bold, conservative leadership,” Brock said.

The new district spans from Greensboro to Statesville and Lexington, and it won’t have an incumbent candidate: 13th District U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh says he’ll instead run in the new 2nd District. He has no ties to the new version of his current district.

Brock has said he was unaware that an open seat would become available as the result of court-ordered redistricting by the legislature. His state Senate district – Davie County, northwestern Iredell County and much of Rowan County – largely matches the new congressional district.

The law setting the June 7 congressional primary allows legislators like Brock to run for both their current seat and a congressional seat as long as they withdraw from one race after the June primary.

Brock, a seven-term senator, says his experience in the General Assembly is a good fit for Congress.

“Our economy is exploding here because we’ve cut taxes, shrunk government, slashed regulations and provided the people with affordable energy and increased funding for education, and I intend to take those conservative values to Congress so we can defend our Christian values and balance the budget,” Brock said in a news release. “I’ll also fight to close down our porous borders and take the fight to terrorists like ISIS.”

Brock might not be the only legislator running in the congressional primary. Rep. Jon Hardister of Greensboro says he’s interested in a run, and Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury didn’t rule out the possibility when asked last week.

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