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Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin announced a bid for Congress in North Carolina’s open 9th district today, hoping to replace retiring Rep. Sue Myrick (R).

In an interview with Roll Call between announcement events, Dulin, 52, harped on his constituent service bona fides and his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law and the Dodd-Frank legislation.

Dulin emphasized his “service record” to his constituents and explained that “nobody beats [him] when it comes to hard work, when it comes to service, when it comes to serving the customer.”

Like many other ambitious politicians in the 9th, Dulin jumped at the opportunity to run for the open seat.

“In life and in politics, timing has a lot to do with what happens and the timing happens to be good now for me to follow someone I really admire,” he said, praising Myrick.

Dulin mentioned House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as a Member he admires and would like to emulate, should he be elected.

In the GOP primary for the safe Republican district, Dulin faces insurance executive Dan Barry, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph and real estate broker Michael Shaffer, among others.

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