New McHenry challenger emerges in Asheville

ASHEVILLE — Another Asheville-area elected official is going to run for Congress.

Democratic state Rep. Patsy Keever told the Asheville Citizen-Times ( ) on Friday she would seek her party's nomination to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry in the 10th District.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy announced earlier this week she would run in the Democratic Party primary, too.

Keever said she didn't want to compete against state Rep. Susan Fisher next May, after the pair was drawn into the same North Carolina House district by GOP mapmakers in the Legislature during redistricting.

The retired teacher joined the Legislature in September 2010 and previously served as a Buncombe County commissioner. She ran for Congress in 2004, losing to then-Rep. Charles Taylor in the general election.

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