CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A longtime North Carolina Baptist minister is running again for a congressional seat in a district where he almost upset the incumbent last year.
The Rev. Mark Harris announced plans to seek the 9th Congressional District Republican nomination again in 2018. Harris is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, although he recently said he’ll leave that job.
Harris lost to Rep. Robert Pittenger in the June 2016 GOP primary by 134 votes in a three-way race. In a video released Monday, Harris says things won’t change in Washington if voters keep electing the same people. Harris also ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2014.
Pittenger is in his third term. Redistricting last year shifted his Charlotte-area district to span several rural counties along the South Carolina state line.