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November 18, 2013
Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., a Republican, will announce Wednesday that he will run for the open-seat contest in North Carolina’s 6th District, according to a source close to Berger’s campaign.
Berger will make the announcement at a local charter school, becoming the fourth Republican to enter the race to replace Rep. Howard Coble, the longtime Republican who announced his retirement earlier this month. Other Republicans also running for the seat include Baptist pastors Dan Collison and Bradley Walker, and veteran Don Webb.
November 7, 2013
Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., announced Thursday he will retire at the end of his term, creating an opening in his strong Republican district for the first time in 30 years.
Coble, who was first elected to North Carolina’s 6th District in 1985, cited his failing health as the reason why he will step down. Earlier this year, the 82-year-old was rushed to George Washington University Hospital from the Capitol to undergo emergency hernia surgery.
Coble cited back pain and skin cancer as the main reasons for his retirement, saying his health would prohibit him from the long hours needed to campaign. But he stressed, “Mentally and emotionally I am stable and reliable,” to the audience watching his announcement in Greensboro, N.C.
November 6, 2013
Longtime Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., will announce his future political plans at a news conference Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., according to an announcement from the congressman’s office.
Coble’s office declined to give any more details on the announcement — the 15-term Republican has long been the target of retirement speculation.
Coble, 82, has struggled with his health. Earlier this year, he was rushed to George Washington University Hospital from the Capitol to undergo emergency hernia surgery.
August 12, 2013
Laura Fjeld, a former vice president and general counsel for the University of North Carolina system, announced Monday that she will challenge longtime Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C.
“I have great optimism about our future in North Carolina, but partisan politics are toxic,” said Fjeld, a Democrat, in a statement to the News Observer. ”I haven’t created the problems in Washington D.C. — but I will be part of the solution.”
March 28, 2012
Updated 7:39 p.m. | The Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to launch spending crusades against Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) as part of the super PAC’s growing list of targeted races.
The deep-pocketed super PAC also announced a “Watch List” of more than two dozen veteran Members whom it plans to evaluate and potentially target during the height of primary season during the next three months. Full story
February 17, 2012
Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow (R) filed for Congress earlier this week against 14-term North Carolina Rep. Howard Coble (R).
Yow, who lost to Coble by a whopping 48 points in the 2010 GOP primary, said Coble had “been here a li’l too long.”
“The Howard today is not what he was 20 years ago,” said Yow, who is serving his third term on the county commission and owns a well-drilling company and a small cattle farm.
Yow’s main concern is with Washington, D.C., and what long-term politicians there have done racking up budget deficits and debt.
“This isn’t no rocket science!” Yow said. “If you don’t have it, you can’t spend it.”
January 27, 2012
North Carolina Rep. Howard Coble (R), 80, announced today that he will run for re-election to a 15th term.
Coble was hospitalized last month with a respiratory illness but said he had been cleared by his doctors to continue a career in Congress. He was first elected in 1984.
“Yes, I may be old, but I am also old-fashioned, too, where I feel you should judge a man by his record and his word,” he said in a statement. “Without sounding too immodest, I feel that I have crafted a record of solid legislative achievement along with outstanding constituent service.” Full story