CHARLOTTE, NC (Jim Morrill/The Charlotte Observer) -
With her congressional district moving to Mecklenburg County, U.S. Rep. Alma Adams said Thursday she plans to move to Charlotte.
Adams, 69, was elected in 2014 to represent a 12th District that stretched from Charlotte to Greensboro. She’s a long-time Greensboro resident.
“I’ve started the process of moving to the Queen City,” Adams told reporters at First Ward Park. “My commitment to Charlotte runs deep. (It’s a) commitment not of words but of deeds.”
Adams’ surprise announcement comes days before the scheduled start of what could be a busy congressional filing period.
At least two Charlotte Democrats say they’ll run for the seat held for two decades by U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte. And several more are considering the race.
Congressional races were thrown into chaos last month when a panel of federal judges said the existing 12th District, as well as the 1st District in Eastern North Carolina, were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.
In a special legislative session, lawmakers radically redrew not only those two districts but virtually all of the state’s 13 districts. The 12th District shrank to most of Mecklenburg County. Candidates such as Adams suddenly found themselves living far from their constituents.