Scott Dacey, the chairman of the Craven County commissioners, is considering challenging Rep. Walter Jones next year in the 3rd district GOP primary.
“I am seriously considering running for Congress because I believe that the 3rd congressional district needs effective leadership,” Dacey said in a statement. “I've talked with many folks across the district and in most cases they think our current congressman is not effective.''
Dacey, who lives in Trent Woods, has been commissioners chairman since 2010. He is currently partner with PACE, a Washington DC-based government relations firm. He is also involved in real estate development in Eastern North Carolina, co-owning land formerly known as Renny's Creek mine in New Bern.
He has worked with numerous conservative candidates. During the administration of President George H.W. Bush he worked as congressional liaison for the Small Business Administration.
He said that Jones, an 18-year House veteran, has never served in a leadership position, and was booted off the House Financial Services Committee, and had not done enough to help the economy of Eastern North Carolina.