John Ross Hendrix, a graphic artist from Cary and a Democrat, said he plans to run against Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole next year.
Hendrix, 58, was a Republican when he sought the nomination for the 13th Congressional district last year. He lost the GOP nomination, finishing third with 12 percent. Vernon Robinson won the nomination and then was defeated by Democrat Brad Miller, Rob Christensen reports.
After the primary, he left the Republican Party and became a Democrat.
Hendrix said he would run on such issues as protecting the Bill of Rights, private property rights, passing a so-called FairTax, and securing America's borders.
The FairTax proposal would replace all federal income and payroll based taxes with a national retail sales tax.
A veteran of the 82nd Airborne whose son has had two tours of duty in Iraq, Hendrix said he didn’t oppose the war in Iraq but thinks it has "been done stupidly and needs a lot of changes."
Correction: An earlier version of the post misstated the district.