• First Baptist Church pastor Mark Harris considers another run for Congress

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dr. Mark Harris, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, is considering another run for Congress.

    Harris is contemplating running in the March 2018 Republican primary in North Carolina's 9th District, which is currently held by Rep. Robert Pittenger. 

    Harris confirmed to Channel 9 that he informed his congregation Sunday morning of his decision to step aside as senior pastor in the future. The church leadership will announce a transition plan July 2.

    Pittenger, a three-term Republican, sent an email to his supporters acknowledging Harris' potential run for the seat. 

    [PAST COVERAGE: Challenger says US Rep. Pittenger's race headed for recount]

    Harris ran for the U.S. Senate seat in 2014 and the 9th District in 2016. He lost in the primaries each time.

    He lost by 135 votes during a special election against Pittenger in June 2016 and there was a recount.

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