Matthew Ridenhour Files Paperwork For 9th District Run

Mar 5, 2019

It appears that former Mecklenburg Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour, a Republican, will run for Congress in the 9th Congressional District.

Republican Matthew Ridenhour is expected to run in the 9th Congressional District Special Election
Credit Matthew Ridenhour

The Federal Elections Commission listed a new campaign committee Tuesday, “Ridenhour for Congress.” The FEC says the committee is for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

Ridenhour, who lost his reelection bid in November, told WFAE Tuesday afternoon that he will make an announcement Wednesday.

The North Carolina Board of Elections Monday voted to hold new primaries in the district on May 14, with the general election on Sept. 10 — so long as there is no run-off in the primaries.

If there is needs to be a second primary, that election would be Sept. 10, with the general election pushed back to Nov. 5.

The board called for a new election after state investigators found evidence of widespread fraud among absentee mail ballots in last November’s election between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.

On the Republican side, Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing has said he's running, along with David Blackwelder of Raleigh. Mecklenburg State Sen. Dan Bishop is expected to run, according to local Republicans. Harris is not running.

McCready announced last month that he will run again for the seat.