Former statewide candidate Coleman planning Congress run

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in North Carolina for the past two elections is setting her sights on running for Congress.

Linda Coleman has filed paperwork with the state elections board creating a congressional campaign organization with the goal of unseating three-term Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding in the 2nd District.

Coleman is a former state legislator and Wake County commissioner who lost in 2012 and 2016 to Republican Dan Forest for lieutenant governor. At least three other Democrats also have said they're running for the nomination next spring for the district south and east of Raleigh.

Coleman told The Insider news service she has name recognition from previous campaigns and would focus on health care, infrastructure and tax reform.

Coleman says she hasn't completed her federal election paperwork.

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