Under the Dome

Add another candidate to the race to replace Mel Watt

George Battle III announced Tuesday he would enter the race to replace Congressman Mel Watt in a Charlotte area district.

Battle, a Democrat, is the attorney for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, a post he's held since 2010. He is the son of Bishop George Battle Jr., a former school board chairman. The 40-year-old received his bachelor's law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was elected student body president.

The race to replace Watt quickly became crowded since President Barack Obama announced earlier this year that he would nominate the longtime Democratic representative to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Watt has not yet been confirmed. Other candidates in the race include state lawmakers Malcolm Graham, Alma Adams and Marcus Brandon.

Battle began weighing whether to enter the race two months ago. He is expected to attend three events in the district Tuesday to rally support.

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