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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Justin LaNasa is back in the Republican Party and running for office again.

He switched back to the GOP in July, according to the New Hanover County Board of Elections, and today filed to run for the 9th District NC Senate seat Thom Goolsby is leaving.

LaNasa, who has run for several offices, became a Libertarian after blasting Republican leaders after he lost the Wilmington Mayor’s race in 2011.

LaNasa, and Army and Coast Guard veteran who owns a tattoo parlor in downtown Wilmington, will be joined in the Republican primary for Senate by Michael Lee and Michael Burns.

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