Linda Coleman to challenge incumbent congressman

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A Wake County Democrat from Greenville has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. George Holding to represent the 2nd District.

Linda Coleman announced earlier this year her plans to run, and on Tuesday, she filed her paperwork with state election officials. Holding filed for re-election on the first day of filing while Republican Allen Chesser of Louisburg submitted his paperwork on Feb. 13 to challenge Holding in the primary.

The 2nd Congressional District stretches from western Wilson County to suburban Wake County. While all three candidates live near the Triangle, Coleman has roots in eastern North Carolina and held a roundtable discussion about job training in Rocky Mount earlier this month.

“North Carolina’s economy is quickly changing, and I believe it’s time to send leaders to Washington who understand the importance of ensuring our workers are trained for the jobs of tomorrow,” Coleman said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, filed for re-election on Friday. Butterfield has represented the 1st Congressional District since 2004, but Republican Roger W. Allison of Durham threw his hat into the ring on Feb. 13 and will face the Democrat in May.

In Wilson County, District 2 Commissioner Sherry Lucas filed for re-election Monday. All of the incumbents on the Wilson County Board of Commissioners currently are running unopposed in the May primary, but filing for these seats and others on the ballot runs through noon on Feb. 28.