Coble Will Run for 15th Term
Congressman Howard Coble said Friday that he will seek re-election to a 15th term — but he will no longer represent Moore County should he win.
The 80-year-old Republican held a news conference at his Greensboro office to announce that he would run in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District. The new district will be significantly different for him — just two of his current six counties are in the eight-county district. Moore County will now be a part of the 2nd District, represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers.
“People have been asking me for several months if I was going to run again, and my answer was that I was waiting to see if the new congressional maps would remain in place,” Coble said in a news release. “When the court ruled last Friday that a temporary injunction would not be granted, that was my signal to make a final decision about seeking another term.”
Coble said he “will take a back seat to no one when it comes to providing constituent services to the people” he represents, as well as being accessible and visible throughout the district.
“I have been blessed with a veteran and experienced team of staffers in Washington and North Carolina who have assisted countless thousands of individuals and businesses with issues before the federal government,” he said.
Coble’s announcement came just weeks after he was released from a prolonged hospital stay. He spent two weeks in December in hospitals in Washington and Greensboro, where he was treated for an upper respiratory illness.
“I know people will wonder if I am up to the task of running for another two years,” he said in the release. “None of us knows what the future holds, but I feel I am a better representative today than when I first assumed this office. The medical professionals tell me that I am recovering well from the upper respiratory infection that was combined with a depletion of my sodium levels. The doctors saw no reason why I shouldn’t continue in office if I felt up to the task.”
Coble, who was born in Greensboro, received a bachelor’s degree in history from Guilford College and earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for more than five years and another 18 years in the Coast Guard Reserve.
Coble served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina from 1969 to 1973 and as secretary of the N.C. Department of Revenue from 1973-1977 during Gov. Jim Holshouser’s adminstration.
He also served several terms in the N.C. House of Representatives before winning election to Congress in 1984.
He is a member of the Judiciary Com-mittee, chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Ter-rorism and Homeland Security, and a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastruc-ture
Coble said he is prepared to run on his record and that his age is not an issue.
“Yes, I may be old, but I am also old-fashioned, too, where I feel you should judge a man by his record and his word,” he said. “Without sounding too immodest, I feel that I have crafted a record of solid legislative achievement along with outstanding constituent service.”
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