N.C. Sen. Graham to file for 12th Congressional District
CHARLOTTE — A N.C. senator and former Charlotte city councilman will run for the 12th congressional district if current holder U.S. Rep. Mel Watt is given the nod to head a federal agency.
Malcolm Graham announced Wednesday he intends to file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission seeking Watt’s seat, according to a press release.
Watt was tapped last week by President Barack Obama to head the Federal Housing Financing Agency, which oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Watt’s nomination now moves to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.
“We must continue to invest in jobs, education and infrastructure to keep our community moving forward,” Graham wrote in a press release. “I am excited about the chance to continue the great work Rep. Watt has done and to make even more progress. We’re taking steps now to lay the framework for the campaign so we can come out of the gate ready to get to work.”
A 1985 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Graham now works for his alma mater as a special assistant to the president for community eEngagement and government affairs.
Graham served on the Charlotte City Council from 1999 to 2005, representing northeast Charlotte, before being elected to the N.C. Senate where he has since served.