Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny declared his candidacy for congress Monday. He made his announcement in front of a private jet inside of an airplane hangar. He’s known as a moderate republican who will vie for the 6th congressional seat being vacated by the retiring Howard Coble. He touted job creation, corporate recruitment and his hopes to follow Coble’s reputation for strong constituent services. Matheny was recently re-elected to his 4th term on the City Council and he’s well known in parts of the 6th district.
“I think that hopefully what they’ve seen in me in the last six to eight years is someone who rolls his sleeves up and gets something done,” Matheny Said.
He’s just the latest to enter what is expected to be a crowded field for the republican primary in May. Also in the republican race are Phil Berger Jr., an elected District Attorney from Rockingham County and the son of State Senate leader Phil Berger Senior as well as Pastor Mark Walker. The 6th district includes all or parts of ten counties. Matheny will face Phil Berger Junior in the primary. As many as a dozen candidates could enter on the GOP side. If no candidate gets 40% of the vote, a run-off would take place before the general election.