Rep. John Blust of Greensboro this week announced he will seek the new 13th District congressional seat. Blust has filed for re-election to his House seat, but later came the new congressional map which moved the 13th district to the Piedmont area stretching from Greensboro to Statesville. Sen. Andrew Brock, a nine-term legislator from Davidson County announced three weeks ago, soon after Republicans released the new map. Rep. Jon Hardister, also of Greensboro, has expressed an interest in the congressional seat. He has been a legislator for two terms. Hardister’s family owned a hosiery manufacturing company in Morganton.
A special primary election for congressional candidates will be held in mid June. Pete Glidewell, a former executive with Alba-Waldensian Hosiery Mill in Valdese in the 1980s, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Sixth Congressional District.