NC state Rep. Charles Graham planning a run for Congress
Posted February 16, 2021 3:50 p.m. EST
LUMBERTON, N.C. — Democratic state Rep. Charles Graham announced on Tuesday that he’s running for Congress next year, with a likely goal of working to unseat Republican 9th District incumbent Dan Bishop.
Graham, of Robeson County, is currently in his sixth House term at the General Assembly. He’s considered among the more conservative Democrats in the chamber, someone who has been willing to vote with Republicans on certain legislation.
Graham told The Robesonian of Lumberton that he had thought about running for Congress for several years, and “I just feel like this is the right time,” he said. Graham said he wants to offer voters a candidate who understands rural issues and has worked in a bipartisan manner.
Graham said he’d run for the seat in the 9th Congressional District, which currently includes Robeson and several south-central counties, moving west all the way to Mecklenburg County.
Bishop, himself a former state legislator from Charlotte, won a special election in 2019 and earned a two-year term this past November. But the 9th District and the rest of North Carolina’s congressional map likely will be redrawn later this year based on the decennial census figures.
Primary elections currently are set for March 2022.