Alston following Adams’ lead….

Regarding whether or not to run for Rep. Mel Watt’s 12th District seat, should Watt be confirmed as head of Fannie and Freddie:

Already several Democratic lawmakers have expressed interest in Watt’s job.

State Sen. Malcolm Graham of Charlotte said Wednesday he’s “definitely running” if Watt is confirmed. Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte said he’s “strongly considering it.”

Reps. Alma Adams of Greensboro, Marcus Brandon of High Point and Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem have also expressed interest.

Skip Alston, a former state NAACP leader and former chairman of the Guilford County commissioners, said he’d run if Adams does not.

The contest will almost surely be decided in a Democratic primary. African-Americans have a distinct advantage: They make up 76 percent of the district’s Democratic electorate.

But as sister blog Meck Deck points out, with Anthony Foxx more than likely moving to Washington, mayor of Charlotte would certainly be an appealing option for the QC’s prominent African-American politicians. It’s pretty much one or the other; running for both more than likely is cost prohibitive.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...