- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A former congressional candidate and son of North Carolina state Senate leader Phil Berger is seeking elected office again, this time for the Court of Appeals.

Phil Berger Jr. filed Thursday at the State Board of Elections to run for the 15-member court next year. He’s challenging incumbent Judge Linda Stephens.

Berger ran unsuccessfully in 2014 for the congressional seat being vacated by Howard Coble, losing in a Republican primary runoff to eventual general election winner Mark Walker. Berger was the Rockingham County district attorney and is currently an appointed administrative law judge.

Members of the North Carolina Libertarian Party filled up spots on the ballot Wednesday. Sean Haugh is making a repeat bid for U.S. Senate. Lon Cecil is running for governor and J.J. Summerell for lieutenant governor.

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