It's official. Today Republican Ilario Pantano filed to run for Congress.
The decorated Marine Corps combat veteran is seeking the 7th District seat currently held by Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre. McIntyre and Republicans Will Breazeale and Randy Crow have already filed.
The 7th District seat has been held by the Democratic Party for more than 100 years, but the district has begun to lean more toward Republicans in state and national elections