WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As WWAY reported FIRST ON 3 Monday afternoon, Ilario Pantano has announced a second run for Congress. The Republican made the announcement Monday morning during a radio appearance on WAAV.
In an e-mail to supporters Monday morning, Pantano said, "It is with a profound sense of honor and humility that I ask once again to be your candidate, a 'peoples' candidate' for the US Congress. We have worked hard this past year to build a better future for our families and I take not one step of our historic journey for granted."
Pantano ran for Congress last year, giving incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre his toughest race since taking office in 1996.
Wilmington businessman Del Pietro has also announced he will challenge McIntyre next year, but in the Democratic primary.
Of course, there is no guarantee Pantano or Pietro will actually run against McIntyre. Using information from the 2010 Census, the state legislature will redraw Congressional districts in North Carolina before the 2012 election. With Republicans controlling both chambers in Raleigh, there is speculation that could mean McIntyre's home in Robeson County could be moved out of the 7th District, which covers much of southeastern North Carolina.