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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Mike McIntyre has filed to run for re-election in North Carolina’s 7th District seat in the US House.

“We live in the greatest nation in the world, and I am committed to sustaining the values that have made America great and increasing the opportunities that will help us blaze a path forward,” McIntyre said in a statement.

McIntyre, a Democrat, is running for the seat he’s held since winning election in 1996 despite no longer living in the district. State lawmakers redrew the lines for the 7th District to exclude McIntyre’s Lumberton home.

“My focus has been and always will be on what is best for the citizens and communities of eastern North Carolina,” McIntyre said. “That means working for and supporting policies and ideas that make a positive difference in people’s lives, and that’s the kind of representation that I want to continue to give. Working together, we can achieve great things.”

So far McIntyre is the only Democrat to file for the seat. There are three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination: Randy Crow, Ilario Pantano and David Rouzer.

Candidate filing ends Wednesday.

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