Democratic Fundraiser Mulls Run for Melvin Watt Seat
Posted at 11:42 a.m. on May 20
Watt has been nominated for a post in the Obama administration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Scott Dworkin, a Democratic fundraiser, is considering a run for North Carolina’s 12th District, he confirmed to CQ Roll Call Monday morning.
Dworkin joins the long list of Democrats mulling whether to enter the race. President Barack Obama nominated the district’s current member, longtime Democratic Rep. Melvin Watt, to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this month.
Dworkin, who was born and raised in Cary, N.C., said his decision to enter the race will be based on a number of factors, most notably whether Watts is confirmed by the Senate for the FHFA spot, and who else decides to enter the race.
“People have been poking my buttons, saying why don’t you consider a run. … I figured I’d take a look,” said Dworkin, who has held positions with the Obama campaign and is a senior adviser at Progressive Congress and Virginia New Majority.
He said he is confident in his fundraising abilities, but added that he wants to make sure the race is the best move for his family and the Democratic Party before entering the contest. Dworkin runs a Washington, D.C.-based fundraising firm, Bulldog Finance Group.
Thus far, state Rep. Marcus Brandon and state Sen. Malcolm Graham, both Democrats, have announced they will run for the seat.
A number of other Democrats have been mentioned as potential candidates in the race, which is expected to be crowded if Watt is confirmed to the executive branch role.