Erskine Bowles, a former University of North Carolina president, said he will not run for governor.
“I will not be a candidate for governor,” Bowles said in a statement.
"I've spent a lot of time trying to think what is the right thing for me to do," he said. “I don't think anyone questions my love for North Carolina or my efforts to make our State a better place to live, work, or raise a family. I've done my best in this regard and I plan to continue to do so.”
“There are lots of ways to make a difference, lots of ways to add to the community woodpile. I'm excited about helping our State's and Nation's leaders move North Carolina and our Country forward. We've got big challenges and great opportunities. I'm confident if we can get folks to put politics aside, and pull together, not apart, there are no problems we can't solve working together.”
That leaves two Democrats in the field, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison. But a raft of other candidates are considering running.