Rep. Mark Walker considering 2022 Senate run, will not seek reelection in 2020

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Representative Mark Walker (WGHP file photo)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) on Monday announced he is considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2022.

Walker said he is keeping an eye on the seat that will be vacated by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) when he retires in 2022.

Walker will not seek reelection for his 6th district seat in 2020.

Walker released the following statement:

“I believe the best way we can continue to serve the people of North Carolina is as a United States Senator. As I have always sought to have serving people supersede our ambition, I will dedicate my full heart and efforts to finishing my term in Congress. After we have secured more conservative policy and Republican electoral victories for North Carolina, we will take a look at the 2022 Senate race and we are thankful to have President Trump’s support. For 2020, our focus will be on helping our candidates for President, Senate, and Governor be successful.”

President Donald Trump told Walker he would “enthusiastically back his bid” for the Senate seat when Burr retires.

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley released the following statement:

“Mark Walker has been a tireless servant for the people of the 6th Congressional District. He has stood as an unapologetic conservative to defend our Second Amendment rights, protect the sanctity of life, and advance an America First agenda. On behalf of North Carolina Republicans, I would like to thank Mark for his service to our state and the conservative cause.”

Following Walker’s announcement, Lee Haywood, the Republican Party 6th congressional district chairman, announced he would run for the seat Walker is vacating in 2020.

Haywood released the following statement:

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the NC Republican Party 6th Congressional District Chairman for the past two years but feel compelled to take the leap from GOP activist to candidate and feel my experience can be best utilized by providing a conservative choice in this upcoming race to the good people of the newly redrawn 6th District. I am overwhelmed by the prayers and well wishes we have received so far and many thanks to those that have pledged their support.”

“This decision [by Walker] confirms that this is a very winnable district for a Democrat and that there is no path to victory for a Republican,” said Bruce Davis, who is running in the Democratic primary for the seat Walker will vacate in 2020.

Kathy Manning, a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 6th district, released the following statement:

“With the newly-drawn 6th District, we have the opportunity to elect a representative who shares the values of the Triad community. I’ve been bringing people together to make the Triad stronger for more than thirty years and I intend to take that experience to Washington. I look forward to fighting for affordable healthcare and lower prescription drug prices, quality education, and better paying jobs.”

Derwin Montgomery, a State Representative representing District 72 in Forsyth County who is also running in the Democratic primary for the 6th district, released the following statement:

“I’m not surprised that he chose not to run in the 6th district because the numbers weren’t right for him, but I am surprised he didn’t take a shot at the U.S. Senate seat. … When we looked at the new 6th District we saw an opportunity for a discussion about progressive ideas, this race is about the future of North Carolina and the country and we like our chances.”

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