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|U.S. House, North Carolina , District 11|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1986 - 1995|
|Profession||Economic development consultant|
Petrella was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 11th District. Petrella was seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Petrella was looking to unseat incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler (D).
Because no candidate received more than 40% of the vote in the Republican primary election on May 8, 2012, a runoff primary will take place. Petrella was eliminated in the May 8, 2012 primary.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans will hold its majority in 2013. North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.
- ↑ Hendersonville News-Times "Two more candidates throw hat in ring for Shuler's seat" Accessed February 1, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012