Greensboro News & Record, By Taft Wireback
GREENSBORO — First-time candidate Ryan Watts of Burlington filed Monday to seek the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District that includes parts of Guilford County.
Watts, who turns 28 today, said he was not daunted by the challenge of making his maiden run for public office in a district that many observers consider “safe” for the GOP and that has been represented since 2015 by U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican from Greensboro.
“I’m running for Congress because it’s time we restore balance and accountability in Washington,” Watts said. “Too many Americans feel like representatives have stopped being responsive to them and stopped working for the best interests of people in their district.”
He said he would stress during his campaign the need for well-planned economic growth, better educational opportunities and improved health care programs.
Unmarried, Watts is employed as a senior management consultant for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, working with business clients to help them navigate the changing economy. He also has developed leadership seminars for community groups and nonprofit organizations across the country, including the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club, he said in a press release announcing his filing.
Watts informally announced his candidacy in September. At least two other Democrats, both from the Greensboro area, have said they also will run for Walker’s seat: Margot Horney and Gerald Wong.
The 6th District includes the suburban fringes of Greensboro and rural Guilford County, as well as the counties of Alamance, Randolph, Rockingham, Caswell, Chatham, Lee and Person.