Well, it looks like Democrat Laura Fjeld has a primary opponent in the 6th Congressional District. Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis announced today that he will throw his hat into the ring. Davis has been trying to move up for years, losing three state Senate races in three cycles. This year, he’s a bit late to the party.
The district, currently held by retiring Congressman Howard Coble, is a sprawling configuration covering all or parts of 10 counties and divided between the Raleigh and Greensboro media markets. Fjeld has been raising money since mid-summer and, according to a recent press release, says she’s raised $275,000 so far. In his state senate races, Davis never raised significant money, including only $570 in his 2012 campaign.
Davis, who is Black, has also run against some of the Guilford County African-American establishment, challenging incumbent senators Katie Dorsett in 2008 and Gladys Robinson in 2012. He never really came close to winning. Guilford only makes up about 25% of the Democratic primary vote in the Congressional race.
Davis may give Fjeld an opportunity to test drive her operation next spring, but I doubt he will give her a run. The winner will face the winner of the Republican primary, a crowded field that includes Rockingham County District Attorney, Phil Berger, Jr., son of Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger, Sr.
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