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Perdue's former Commerce Secretary to seek Ellmer's seat

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Democrat Keith Crisco announced his plans to oppose Rep. Renee Ellmers in the state's 2nd Congressional District. Democrat Keith Crisco announced his plans to oppose Rep. Renee Ellmers in the state's 2nd Congressional District.
ASHEBORO, N.C. -

North Carolina's former commerce secretary announced plans Monday to run against Rep. Renee Ellmers in the state's 2nd Congressional District.

Democrat Keith Crisco announced his plans to run Monday, saying North Carolina needs "representatives in Washington who will focus on the important issues facing the country."

"This campaign is about fixing our economy and bringing jobs and economic growth to our district, our state and our nation," Crisco said.

Crisco, who was the Gov. Bev Perdue's commerce secretary, is 70 years old, and the former Asheboro city councilman said "At my age, I'm running to go to Washington and focus on a few key issues and work to find solutions -- not develop a long-term political career."

"I would like to serve two or three terms and come back home knowing that I have served our nation and made a difference in the future of our children and grandchildren," Crisco said.

Crisco filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in December to form a campaign committee to unseat Ellmers.

Ellmers, a Republican, is a second-term congresswoman already facing a GOP primary challenge in May from Frank Roche of Cary.

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