Democrat launches campaign for Congress


Linda Coleman


Staff Writer

Monday, November 27, 2017

A former state representative has announced plans to run for Congress in a district that includes Nash County.

Linda Coleman, former three-term N.C. General Assembly member and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate, is running for the Second Congressional District seat. If she wins the Democratic primary, she will challenge GOP incumbent George Holding in 2018.

“Many of our rural hospitals are on the brink of closing,” Coleman said. “In District 2, 97,000 people will lose health care. We can do better. We need a strong economy that works for all of North Carolina.”

She said she wants to keep the tax burden from crushing North Carolina’s middle and working classes, and she's driven to protect women’s rights.

Coleman announced her intention to run for the office last week from the south grounds of the Old Capitol in Raleigh. She said her platform will focus on health care, public infrastructure, education and the economy.

Coleman attended public schools in Greenville and earned a master's degree in public administration from N.C. A&T University. Her first job out of college was as a classroom teacher.

A former educator and Wake County commissioner, Coleman said she wants to help everyone in the district, which includes Nash, Wake, Harnett, Franklin, Wilson and Johnston counties. Coleman said she will help the people, businesses and families of Central and Eastern North Carolina from Capitol Hill, as well as helping save the state and nation during these trying and reactionary times, said Coleman spokesman Jaymes Powell Jr.

Coleman ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor twice, narrowly losing to Dan Forest both times. She received the endorsement of The News and Observer, which called her “the better-qualified and more moderate choice.”