WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If Rep. Walter Jones plans to run for another term in Washington, he will face another Republican primary challenge next year.
Businessman Taylor Griffin of New Bern says he will challenge the 10-term incumbent Jones in next year's race for the 3rd Congressional District. The district's lines were redrawn before last year's election to include much of Pender County and part of New Hanover County, including downtown Wilmington.
Griffin, who says he is a conservative facing who he calls the most liberal Republican in the House of Representatives, served on Sen. Jesse Helms's staff, worked in the George W. Bush White House and at the US Treasury Department.
"I am running for Congress to return our bedrock conservative Eastern North Carolina values to Washington," Griffin said in a statement. "The most liberal Republican in the US House of Representatives should come from San Francisco, not from Eastern North Carolina."
Jones first won election in the 3rd District in 1994. Two years earlier, as a Democrat, he lost his bid for the 1st District seat his father held from 1966 until his death in Sept. 1992. Jones, who also served five terms in the NC House, then switched parties.