State Sen. Malcolm Graham (D-Charlotte) said Wednesday he won’t seek re-election to the 40th District seat he has held for a decade, so he can focus on moving up. Graham said he’s running for the now-vacant U.S. House of Representatives 12 District seat formerly held by Rep. Mel Watt (D-Charlotte).
Watt resigned recently to take up a new job as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. His seat will be empty until the November election: Gov. Pat McCrory announced this week that he won’t schedule a special election until then, in the majority Democratic district.
Filing for May 6 party primaries runs Feb. 10 to 28.
Graham’s district formerly included north Mecklenburg, until the legislature redrew boundaries in a 2011 redistricting. The area is now represented by Jeff Tarte, who announced his re-election bid Tuesday. Watt’s Congressional district also shifted away from north Mecklenburg at the same time, a move he criticized at the time.
See more about Graham on his state legislative page.
Senator Malcolm Graham Will Not Seek Reelection in NC Senate District 40
Charlotte—On Wednesday, January 8, 2014 North Carolina State Senator Malcolm Graham released the following statement:
“As we inch closer to the 2014 legislative session and filing deadlines for election to state and national offices, I wanted to share my plans for the coming year. I will not be seeking reelection for my seat in the 40th District.
It has truly been an honor serving in this capacity for 5 terms. I have worked with some passionate, dedicated men and women in the General Assembly. We’ve passed legislation affecting all aspects of life in North Carolina, but the best part of my job has been interacting with my neighbors and constituents in District 40. Their feedback, encouragement and support have meant a great deal to me.
As I have been for most of my career, I remain dedicated to making North Carolina and Mecklenburg County a great place to live, work and play. To that end, I will be seeking election to the United States 12th Congressional District seat which is now vacant after long time representative Mel Watt Watt resigned to head up the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
I am thankful to voters for giving me the opportunity to serve. I will continue to work in District 40 and look forward to hearing ideas from my neighbors and fellow voters about the future.”