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Community activist Kathy Manning running for Congress again

Kathy Manning, the Democratic candidate for the the 13th Congressional District speaks to supporters during an election night event in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Prominent Jewish activist Kathy Manning announced she’s running for Congress in North Carolina’s redrawn 6th district on Monday morning.

Manning, who served as the first female chair of the Jewish Federations of North America and is a current board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, first ran for Congress in 2018. That bid was unsuccessful as incumbent GOP Rep. Ted Budd edged Manning out 51-46 to hold his seat in North Carolina’s 13th district.

Manning’s announcement comes following the redistricting of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts, which has shaken up the electoral map and put solidly red districts, including NC-06, into play. Ten of the 13 seats in the Tar Heel State are currently held by Republicans.

North Carolina’s congressional map has faced significant pushback from lawmakers and voters critical of the layout of the state’s gerrymandered districts. A redrawn map was approved Monday by a panel of judges, who had frozen the filing period until a new map was presented. 

With the freeze lifted, Manning and other candidates in the state are once again able to file. If she wins the Democratic nomination in March, Manning will likely face off against incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Walker, whose current district will be divided among several others. Walker has not yet declared in which district he intends to run.

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