CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler plans to run for Congress.
Shuler, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday that he has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission that clear the way for him to run next year in the 11th Congressional District for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Charles Taylor.
Shuler didn’t name Taylor in a press release that emphasized pocketbook issues.
“Far too many families in western North Carolina are struggling to earn a decent living, educate their children, and pay for health care,” Shuler said. “Congress is spending too much time playing partisan politics, instead of working to find solutions to the real problems facing our families.”
Shuler was traveling on business Monday and was unavailable for comment, campaign spokesman Randy Flack said.
Shuler played football at Swain County High School, where he ranked among North Carolina’s all-time passing leaders and led his team to three straight state championships. At Tennessee, he was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
Since retiring from football, Shuler and his brother Benjie have run Heath Shuler Real Estate.
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