Dennis Nielsen, a retired Air Force colonel from Nashville, is running as a conservative Democrat for governor next year.
Nielsen said he is running on a platform on providing vouchers to allow parents to send their children to private schools, an end to cities’ power to force annexation and tougher enforcement of immigration laws, reports Rob Christensen.
Nielsen is also promising not to raise taxes and to end property taxes for the elderly who make less than $40,000 per year.
But he said he offered an alternative to Perdue and Moore.
“I am the only conservative Democrat running,” Nielsen said.
Nielsen, a 59-year-old Iowa native, said he spent 35 years as fighter pilot living around the country. He retired to North Carolina in 2002.
He unsuccessfully ran as a Republican against Democratic state Sen. A.B. Swindell in 2004.
Nielsen said he decided to switch to the Democratic Party because he did not receive any help from the Republican Party when he challenged Swindell and because he thinks a Democrat is likely to be elected governor next year.