High Point Republican to seek Coble's seat

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

UPDATED 4:55 P.M.

Local Republican activist Don Webb of High Point announced Thursday that he will run for 6th Congressional District seat long held by fellow Republican Rep. Howard Coble.
“I’m running for Congress because we have a sacred duty to our children and grandchildren: To leave them an America that is as free and as secure as the one we were born into,” said Webb, who recently served for four years as chairman of the High Point Republican Party.
Coble, who has held the seat since 1984, hasn’t formally announced whether he’ll seek another term in next year’s election. But the congressman from Greensboro has scheduled a fundraiser in September to pad his campaign account.
“The most appropriate word I can give you to describe our status now is undecided,” Coble told The High Point Enterprise Thursday afternoon.
Coble said that his decision to seek another term wouldn’t be influenced by other Republican candidates getting into the race.
“Some folks have indicated that they would run only if I did not run,” Coble said. “I appreciate that courtesy, but they don’t owe me that.”
Coble said he doesn’t have a date in mind on when he’ll make and announce his decision. The candidate filing period for the 2014 elections doesn’t begin until next February.
Coble faced GOP primary challengers last year and in 2010, the first time fellow Republicans challenged him since he first captured the seat. Coble has easily defeated Democratic and Libertarian Party challengers in general elections dating back to the 1990s.
Webb is a military veteran who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval officer for five years. Webb, a financial adviser, is the organizer of the annual High Point Veterans Parade, a member of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority and serves on the High Point University Board of Visitors.
“More government control requires the sacrifice of individual liberty, which is unacceptable. Scandals at the IRS and the NSA have demonstrated the abuse of power at the highest levels of government,” Webb said in announcing his candidacy. “I am committed to reducing the federal government’s power, reducing the tax and regulatory burden on individuals and businesses and securing the stability of our nation’s finances and border.”
Other candidates who may challenge Coble include Mark Walker, a music minister from Greensboro. If he seeks a 16th term, Coble would face Republican challengers in next May’s GOP primary.

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Veteran Republican activist Don Webb of High Point announced this morning that he will run for 6th Congressional District seat long held by Rep. Howard Coble.

“I’m running for Congress because we have a sacred duty to our children and grandchildren: to leave them an America that is as free and as secure as the one we were born into,” said Webb, who recently served for four years as chairman of the High Point Republican Party.

Coble, who has held the seat since 1984, hasn't formally announced whether he'll seek another term in next year's election. But Coble has scheduled a fundraiser in September to pad his campaign account.

Coble faced GOP primary challengers last year and in 2010, the first time fellow Republicans challenged him since he first captured the seat. Coble has easily defeated Democratic and Libertarian challengers in general elections dating back to the 1990s.

Webb is a veteran who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served his country as a naval officer for five years.  He, a financial advisor, also is the organizer of the annual High Point Veterans Parade and a member of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority.

Webb stressed that his campaign will focus on freedom, prosperity, and security. 

“More government control requires the sacrifice of individual liberty, which is unacceptable.  Scandals at the IRS and the NSA have demonstrated the abuse of power at the highest levels of government.  I am committed to reducing the federal government's power, reducing the tax and regulatory burden on individuals and businesses, and securing the stability of our nation’s finances and border,” he said.

Other candidates who may challenge Coble include Mark Walker, a music minister from Greensboro. Coble would face the challengers in next May's GOP primary.