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Mark Harris (North Carolina politician)

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Mark Harris
Republican Party nominee for
U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 9th district
Election date
November 6, 2018
Opponent(s)Dan McCready
IncumbentRobert Pittenger
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Alma materAppalachian State University
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, D.Min.)

Mark Harris is an American pastor from the state of North Carolina. He is the Republican Party nominee for the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina's 9th congressional district.

Harris is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.[1] He served as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina,[2] and as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.[3] Harris led supporters of North Carolina Amendment 1, which banned same-sex marriage in North Carolina.[4][5]

Harris ran for the United States Senate in the 2014 election, finishing in third place in the Republican primary.[1] He ran against incumbent Robert Pittenger for the U.S. House in 2016. The election was close. After a recount, Pittenger was certified the winner by 133 votes.[6] Harris resigned from the First Baptist Church in 2017[7] and ran again for the U.S. House in 2018,[8] and this time defeated Pittenger in the Republican primary.[9]

Harris and his wife, Beth, have three children and three grandchildren.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Funk, Tim (May 20, 2016). "Pastor Mark Harris feels called to new kind of leadership". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  2. Shiles, Bob (July 28, 2017). "Harris stumps on 'faith, family'". The Robesonian. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  3. Trygstad, Kyle. "Conservative Preacher Joins North Carolina Senate Primary". Roll Call. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  4. Morrill, Jim (April 16, 2014). "US Senate candidate Mark Harris became leader in church, North Carolina marriage fight". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. The Associated Press. Christian group wants marriage ban preserved. Winston-Salem Journal. Sep 30, 2014
  6. Morrill, Jim (June 20, 2016). "Recount confirms Robert Pittenger's win in the 9th District". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  7. Westerand, Jane (June 11, 2017). "First Baptist's Mark Harris to step aside as he considers another bid for Congress". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  8. Murphy, Brian (July 31, 2017). "Pittenger challenger | Mark Harris running again Robert Pittenger again | News & Observer". Newsobserver.com. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. Morrill, Jim (April 5, 2018). "Mark Harris leading Robert Pittenger in NC 9th District". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 9, 2018.

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