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Reidsville House member to run for speaker pro tem

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Another Republican says he's running for the No. 2 leadership position in the North Carolina House for the next two years.

Bert Jones of Reidsville announced Thursday he would seek the position of speaker pro tempore. Outgoing Majority Leader Paul Stam of Apex and finance committee leader Julia Howard of Mocksville already have entered the race.

Jones is a dentist about to begin his second House term. He won as an unaffiliated candidate in 2010 but later changed to Republican.

Jones says the competition isn't a sign of divisiveness but proof there are many competent leaders in the chamber.

An expanded House Republican Caucus meets Saturday in Raleigh but isn't expected to vote on its nominee. Unofficial results show GOP candidates won 77 of the 120 seats on Election Day.

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