Democratic State Treasurer Janet Cowell's campaign announced a list of supporters Tuesday that will help deter a serious Republican challenger
Cowell is one of two statewide elected officials not yet facing an announced challenger. Her list of supporters includes a number of top Democrats, including former Gov. Jim Hunt, Lillian's List founder Jan Allen, Harvey Gantt, Crandall Bowles and retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye.
But it also includes a few Republican donors, such as Fred Eshelman, a leader in the Real Jobs NC political group with Art Pope; Tim Clancy, a Raleigh builder; and former Wachovia Chairman John Medlin, who is politically unaffiliated.
"I am honored to have the support of so many individuals, from both political parties, that care deeply about North Carolina and have shown tremendous dedication to our state," said Cowell in a statement.