Democratic nominee for the 13th Congressional District Charles Malone makes it official: He's back in the race. Malone signed up to run in the primary but dropped out because of health concerns. When those concerns resolved, and he was the top vote-getter in the Democratic primary, Malone re-evaluated.
He will face Republican nomineee George Holding, the former U.S. attorney for this part of North Carolina, who received heavy financial backing from a super PAC comprised of his banking family relatives and some friends.
Holding defeated Paul Coble and Bill Randall in the primary. "Following ia time for reflection, prayer and physical healing, I am fit and prepared to make sure that the 45,000 people who voted for me on May 8 did not vote in vain," Malone said in a statement he released.
Malone said he will focus on jobs, loans, clean air and water, affordable health care and fair tax rates. "To reach these ends, we must govern with discernment, not ideology; with compassion, not judgment; and wil civility, not partisanship," he added. "To cloak ideas as liberal or conservative alone is to poison those ideas and render them useless as a way to stop the gridlock in our political system."
Malone lives in Raleigh and works for the state. Previously, he ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Neal Hunt, a Republican from North Raleigh.