Former UNC system official to run for Congress
Laura Fjeld, a Democrat from Orange County, announced Monday that she will run for the 6th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Howard Coble.
It is unclear, however, whether Fjeld or any other candidate for the seat will face Coble, who said in an interview that he is undecided about whether he will seek re-election.
“I’m still in the undecided category,” Coble said in an interview Monday, noting that he still has plenty of time to decide.
Coble said several potential Republican candidates are awaiting his decision.
“I will decide in plenty enough time to give everyone due notice,” Coble said.
The filing deadline ends in February 2014.
Fjeld, who has never held elected public office, served the past five years as vice president and general counsel for the UNC system before resigning in April.
If elected to Congress, Fjeld said she will work to end the partisan gridlock in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I feel I might be about to make a difference,” Fjeld said. “I’m a very optimistic person. I want to be a positive voice,”
Fjeld said she would bring a common sense, problem-solving approach to doing business in Washington.
She also touted her ability to listen and negotiate.
“Throughout my 32-year career, I worked with large and small businesses that were creating jobs and growing our state’s economy,” Fjeld said in a news release announcing her candidacy. “Most recently, I worked with Republicans and Democrats to protect the quality of our state’s public universities for this and future generations.”
In spite of the current “toxic” partisan politics in Washington, Fjeld said she remains optimistic about the future.
“I haven’t created the problems in Washington, D.C. – but I will be part of the solution,” Fjeld said. “I pledge to put the interests of the citizens first.”
Coble, 82, has held the 6th District seat since 1985.
The district covers all of Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell, Person counties and portions of Alamance, Guilford, Orange, Durham and Granville counties.
Before becoming the top legal officer for the UNC system, Fjeld was a business attorney with two of the state’s most prominent law firms.
She and her husband, Jon Fjeld, live in northern Orange County. They have five children.