CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph formally announced his campaign for the 9th District Congressional seat Wednesday.
Pendergraph will seek to replace fellow Republican Sue Myrick, who announced Tuesday she will not seek a 10th term in office.
Pendergraph said he'll continue in the tradition of Myrick and acknowledged there will be many other candidates to announce in the coming weeks.
“I expect a number of people will jump into this race, because the seat hasn't been open in 18 years,” Pendergraph said in his announcement.
Other Republicans who have expressed interest include County Commissioner Bill James, Charlotte City Council member Andy Dulin and Weddington’s Mayor Pro Tem Dan Barry.