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Published On: Mon, Sep 30th, 2013

Mark Harris, North Carolina Baptist pastor, joins the Senate battle for Kay Hagen seat

North Carolina pastor Mark Harris has declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, joining a race that now has at least three other Republicans who are battling for the seat held by Democrat incumbent Kay Hagen.

Mark Harris photo http://www.charlottefbc.org/

Mark Harris photo http://www.charlottefbc.org/

Harris is pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte and is completing his second term as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Harris, speaking in Clemmons to draft committee participants who had worked 90 days to explore his potential candidacy, described them as “people that … caught the vision and carried it across the state.”

“We began with 70 people in Charlotte … and we now have 26,000 on the database list,” Harris said.

The official announcement is scheduled for this week on October 2 when the Harris family will begin in Asheville and make several stops across the state.

His spouse, Beth Harris, told the group how God brought her to a point of “complete excitement, looking forward to this journey, really, really believing that this is God’s will.”

“The Lord gave me complete peace that Mark is not stepping down, he is not stepping away from anything God has called him to,” she said.

Asking God, “Why Mark?” she read Scripture, prayed and saw “the kind of preparation God has given Mark in ministry is the kind of leadership that is needed in a legislative body.”

“They are looking for somebody that has a core that has been built in their life, not from [several] terms of public office, but a core that has been built up over a lifetime, that’s marked by character,” Harris said describing what he feels the public is looking for in a candidate.

Harris was heavily involved in North Carolina’s marriage amendment referendum in 2012.

Harris’ church is giving him “a sabbatical leave mixed with a personal leave of absence,” developed by the church’s personnel committee, unanimously approved by the finance committee and the deacons and affirmed by the church in a public vote.

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