Paul Coble, the chairman of the Wake County commissioners, said he is giving “serious consideration” to running for Congress next year.
Coble, a former Raleigh mayor, said he has begun talking to people about the possibility of running for the 13th congressional seat held by Democrat Brad Miller.
“I'm seeing what opportunities are laying out there,” Coble said. “That is the due diligence you go through when you look at something.”
The 13th district is drawing increasing interest from Republicans, because it is expected to tip from Democratic-leaning to Republican leaning under the legislature's redistricting plan.
Former U.S. Attorney George Holding said Wednesday he plans to seek the nomination. Earlier, Forsyth County GOP Chairman Nathan Tabor and former Winston-Salem City Councilman Vernon Robinson.
Also looking at the seat is District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of the state Senate majority leader.
Coble, who has an insurance agency, served one term as mayor from 1999-2001 and has been on the Wake County board of commissioners since 2006. He was elected chairman earlier this year.
Coble, who is a nephew of the late Sen. Jesse Helms, said he hoped to make up his mind about the race fairly soon.