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After Ruling On Maps, Alma Adams Says She's Running For Reelection In Charlotte

Democratic U.S. Rep Alma Adams of Charlotte said she will run for reelection in Charlotte, even if a new Democratic-friendly Congressional district is created in Greensboro.
David Boraks

Democrat Alma Adams, who represents the 12th Congressional District in Mecklenburg County, said Tuesday she will run for reelection in 2020 in Charlotte -- even if a new Democratic-friendly district is created in the Triad, where she is from.

Adams said in a statement that she has "a lot to accomplish on issues ranging from housing to higher education."

She said: "That is why, no matter how the General Assembly draws the Congressional map, I will run for reelection in Charlotte."

A three-judge panel in Raleigh on Monday issued a temporary injunction on using North Carolina's Congressional map can't be used for the 2020 election.  That map -- drawn in 2016 --  gives Republicans an advantage in 10 of the state's 13 Congressional seats.

[RELATED: North Carolina Judges Throw Out Current Congessional Map]

The court indicated it will likely uphold the injunction, which could force the General Assembly to draw the maps before the March primary.

Adams was first elected to Congress in 2014 to fill the remainder of Mel Watt's term in the 12th District. At that time, the 12th District stretched from Charlotte to Greensboro along Interstate 85, and Adams lived in Greensboro -- where she had been a state legislator and city council member.

In 2016, the 12th District was redrawn, and is entirely inside Mecklenburg County. Adams announced that year she would be moving to Charlotte, though there were questions about how much time she was living in Mecklenburg County.

It's not a requirement that people in the Congressional district they represent. 

Adams' voter registration lists her address as an apartment complex on Hawthorne Lane, in Elizabeth.

Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.