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George Battle to run for Congress
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George Battle

George Battle, the top lawyer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has decided to run for Congress.

In an announcement Tuesday, Battle said he would run in North Carolina’s 12th congressional district, which is currently represented by Democrat Mel Watt, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Battle, a Democrat, will make his candidacy official Wednesday with announcements in Greensboro and Charlotte.

N.C. State Sen. Malcolm Graham of Charlotte has also announced his intentions to seek the district’s Democratic nomination.

Also Read: Who wants to replace Mel Watt?

In a statement released July 3, Battle said, “Our country is really at a crossroads. We are contending with serious issues, and it worries me that my children may never have the same opportunities that I had.”

He said he had talked with residents throughout District 12 and that “fulfilling their hopes and dreams for the future is paramount to America’s success.”

Prior to joining CMS in 2010, Battle spent 11 years with Carolinas Healthcare System as associate general counsel, corporate counsel and associate corporate counsel. A graduate of West Charlotte High School, he holds a undergraduate degree in political Science and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Battle is the son of the Rev. George Battle Jr., senior bishop of the AME Zion Church. He and his wife Renita have a seven-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.

Battle was scheduled to announce his candidacy Wednesday in the following locations:

Dame's Chicken and Waffles
301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Greensboro, NC, 27406
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Walls Memorial AME Zion Memorial Church
2722 Bancroft Street
Charlotte, NC, 28206
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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