Conservative Rep. Richard Hudson announces reelection bid

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.)

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.)

RALEIGH – Amid a spate of announcements about North Carolina Republicans not running for reelection in 2016, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-Concord) is bucking that trend, confirming that he will seek reelection for North Carolina’s 8th District next year.

“I’m running for re-election to continue to be a conservative, common sense voice for the people of North Carolina’s 8th District,” Hudson said via a news release. The release also touted Hudson as “the 12th most conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 113th Congress,” according to National Journal rankings.

Hudson was elected to Congress to represent the 8th District in 2012 and again in 2014. A graduate of Myers Park High School and UNCC in Charlotte, Hudson worked for Rep. Robin Hayes. Hayes, also a Republican, represented the 8th District from 1999-2009.

Hudson, who lives in Concord and runs a small-business consulting firm, faced no primary opponent in 2014 and easily defeated Democratic candidate Antonio Blue in the general election. He was quick to attack the Obama administration when announcing his candidacy to the solidly conservative district.

“As I travel across the district, I hear time and again from folks who are working harder than ever, but struggling to make ends meet because of the Obama administration’s top-down, big-government policies,” Hudson said in the release. “I will continue to fight for a smaller, more limited federal government that empowers the economy in North Carolina to grow and provide good-paying jobs for folks across the state.”

The filing period for Congressional races opened today and runs until December 21.