Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
James Mitchell announced Monday he is withdrawing from the 12th Congressional District seat race.
In a statement, Mitchell said there were several reasons for his decision. He said it was difficult to raise funds in a crowded Democratic primary field. He said Tuesday’s report on campaign finances would reflect “disappointing financial results.”
“It became clear that it was not possible to be competitive, let alone win, this race,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell ran as a Democratic candidate in 2013 for mayor against former Mayor Patrick Cannon.
The 12th Congressional District seat was held for 20 years by Rep. Mel Watt, who was selected by President Barack Obama to serve as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
“It was an honor to be considered for these leadership roles. I wish we had done better, but I certainly do not regret trying,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said his immediate plans were to focus on his family and professional career.