County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts announced Monday she plans to run for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 9th District. The seat is up for grabs with the departure of longtime U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, who announced last week she would retire when her term ends.
Commissioner Roberts is the second Mecklenburg Commissioner to announce for the seat, which will represent a newly configured 9th District. Also running is county commissioner and former Mecklenburg Sheriff Jim Pendergraph.
Districts were realigned last summer to incorporate the 2010 Census, and the ninth now will stretch from Union County north to south Iredell, and will include Davidson and Cornelius.
Ms. Roberts had announced in November that she wouldn’t run for another term on the county commission, but hinted that she was considering another race.
In a statement Monday, she said:
“I believe that America is strongest when we all work together and I promise to work tirelessly to represent all of the people of the 9th District in an open, ethical and positive manner. Together, we will get Washington back to work as we get Americans back to work.”
Ms. Roberts is a Charlotte resident who graduated from East Mecklenburg High School, where she was valedictorian. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a coveted Morehead Scholarship. She later earned two master’s degrees – at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and University of Toronto.
She has worked as a high school mathematics teacher and college instructor, an international banker at Wachovia Corp., and as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department. She is the former executive director of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.
Read more about her: http://www.jenniferroberts.net/