U.S. Rep Mel Watt, D-Charlotte, said Monday he’ll seek re-election in the 12th House District, which was re-aligned last summer. He said he wants to continue fighting for education, health care, and jobs.
“In these times of continuing economic challenge for the citizens of North Carolina and the 12th Congressional District, it is especially important to have elected officials who have experience and a proven track record of getting results,” he said in a press release.
Mr. Watt formerly represented Davidson. But the town is now in the re-drawn 9th district, where U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick recently announced her retirement and the seat is now up for grabs.
Rep. Watt noted that the re-districting has been challenged, and the shape of the 12 district could change. In July, he criticized the North Carolina Republicans for the way they redrew the lines. (See “Rep. Watt blasts NC GOP’s redistricting map.”
Here’s the full text of his announcement Monday:
February 20, 2012
12th DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN MEL WATT FILES FOR REELECTION
Congressman Mel Watt, who has represented North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District since 1992, issued the following statement announcing his intention to seek reelection in 2012:
I have filed today for reelection to Congress from the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina. In these times of continuing economic challenge for the citizens of North Carolina and the 12th Congressional District, it is especially important to have elected officials who have experience and a proven track record of getting results for citizens who want better education and skills, health care, jobs and real prospects for a better future.
The congressional districts are being contested in the courts and could very well be changed. This has already led some experienced members of our congressional delegation to announce that they will not seek reelection. We need experience and seniority to maintain the influence of our delegation and we need representatives who will continue to work for progress, not return to the same old rhetoric and policies that led to the mess we’re trying to dig our country out of.
The residents of the 12th District know that I will fight for them in challenging times and in good times and that I will work with anyone who will work with me to help make their lives better. I look forward to having their support and to representing them again.