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NC Rep. Tricia Cotham sets up congressional campaign, others file for June 7 election

State Rep. Tricia Cotham looks over the shoulders of fourth grade students Mica Carlson, 9, and Isaac Mina, 9, while touring Shamrock Gardens Elementary School. Cotham has set up a campaign committee to run for Congress.
State Rep. Tricia Cotham looks over the shoulders of fourth grade students Mica Carlson, 9, and Isaac Mina, 9, while touring Shamrock Gardens Elementary School. Cotham has set up a campaign committee to run for Congress. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

State Rep. Tricia Cotham, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County, has filed paperwork to run for Congress in the newly drawn 12th District.

Cotham for Congress was set up in recent days as an official campaign committee with the Federal Elections Commission. Cotham, a former teacher and school administrator, announced last year that she wouldn’t seek another term in the state House.

The 12th District currently stretches from Charlotte to Greensboro, but it was redrawn to include only Mecklenburg County after a federal court ruled the previous version was an unconstitutional gerrymander.

In addition to Cotham, former state Sen. Malcolm Graham, state Rep. Rodney Moore and incumbent Alma Adams are also running in the June 7 Democratic primary. Adams recently announced that she’ll move from Greensboro to Charlotte so she’ll still live in the 12th District.

Leon Threatt, a pastor, is so far the only candidate to file in the 12th District Republican primary.

Here are the other candidates who have filed in the first three days of the new filing period for Congress and N.C. Supreme Court (all incumbents say they still plan to seek re-election):

2nd District (Renee Ellmers’ seat): Incumbent Republicans Renee Ellmers and George Holding, who will face off as a result of their districts being dramatically changed

3rd District (Walter Jones’ seat): Republican Phil Law

4th District (David Price’s seat): Incumbent Democrat David Price, Republicans Sue Googe and Teiji Kimball

5th District (Virginia Foxx’s seat): Republican Pattie Curran and Democrat Jim Roberts

7th District (David Rouzer’s seat): Democrat J. Wesley Casteen

8th District (Richard Hudson’s seat): Republican Tim D’Annunzio

9th District (Robert Pittenger’s seat): Republican Robert Pittenger, Republican Todd Johnson and Democrat Christian Cano

10th District (Patrick McHenry’s seat): Republican Patrick McHenry and Democrat Andy Millard

11th District (Mark Meadows’ seat): Democrat Tom Hill

13th District (George Holding’s seat): Republican John Blust and Democrat Bruce Davis

N.C. Supreme Court: Incumbent Bob Edmunds and Sabra Faires

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