WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's no secret Ilario Pantano was going to run for Congress. Today he made it official.
Pantano filed paperwork today in Raleigh to run for North Carolina's 7th District seat in the US House. He won the 2010 Republican nomination for the seat before losing to incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in the general election. Pantano vowed that night to run again.
Pantano joins Randy Crow in the Republican primary May 8. State Sen. David Rouzer is also expected to run, but he has not yet filed.