Former Congressman Bob Etheridge announced announced this evening that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor.
“After considerable thought and a whole lot of encouragement, I am announcing today, my candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for Governor,” Etheridge said.
“My life’s work has been about improving the public education system in North Carolina,” Etheridge said. “As we move forward, we must ensure we are making the key investments in public education, community colleges and the university system.
“This election is about leadership. It’s about moving forward - not moving backward. I will be talking about our future and our commitment to move North Carolina forward. If we want a 21st century economy, we must have 21st century schools.
Etheridge is a former former legislator, superintendent of public instruction, who lost his congressional seat in 2010 to Republican Renee Ellmers. Most recently he has headed up the state's stimulus program and the recovery from Hurricane Irene.