Politics & Government

2 Mecklenburg lawmakers file for Congress

Rep. Rodney Moore
Rep. Rodney Moore

Two Mecklenburg County lawmakers Monday jumped into the race for the 12th District congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Alma Adams.

Reps. Tricia Cotham and Rodney Moore, both Democrats, filed their candidacies at the state elections board.

Their filings come as the state awaits word whether the panel of three federal judges upholds or throws out districts drawn last month by the General Assembly. Last month the judges forced the redrawing when they said the existing 12th District, as well as the 1st District in Eastern North Carolina, were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

Adams, meanwhile, on Monday won the endorsement of Emily’s List, a national group that supports Democratic women who support abortion rights. The endorsement promises a significant infusion of campaign cash as Adams stumps in her new district.

In the 2014 election cycle, Emily’s List said, its network of 3 million members and donors channeled $136,644 to Adams’ campaign.

Cotham said many people in the 12th District feel “disconnected” from Washington.

“I will battle for my constituents to create a stronger, more inclusive country, one that gives everyone, regardless of race or circumstance, the chance to live the American dream,” Cotham said in a statement.

Moore said he’s running because “We can’t continue to have the rhetoric going on in Washington (and) hyperpartisanship.”

“We need to change the tone and tenor in Washington,” he said.

Greg Gordon of the McClatchy Washington Bureau contributed.

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059, @jimmorrill