Asheville mayor aims to unseat McHenry

ASHEVILLE, N.C. Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy says she's running for a western North Carolina congressional district currently represented by Republican Patrick McHenry.

Bellamy announced her congressional bid in the 10th District on Tuesday. The Democrat would have to first win a primary against at least two other candidates before taking on McHenry next November.

Bellamy says Washington is broken and citizens want Congress to get things done, particularly getting more people working again.

Bellamy is the first black mayor of Asheville and youngest person ever elected to the job. She was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2009.

The refigured 10th District includes much of Asheville, which historically has sat in the 11th District currently represented by Democrat Heath Shuler. Republicans redrew the congressional maps this year.