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Tue Aug 27, 2013, 07:39 AM

Opposition to Gov. McCrory (R-NC) sparks early announcement for 2016 Governor race

Dems are not going quietly with the takeover of NC. It is heartening to see someone stepping up early. It's going
to take a lot of fund raising to go up against the Art Pope money machine and create name awareness.

Former state Rep. Kenneth Spaulding, a Democrat from Durham, said Monday that he plans to challenge Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016, announcing his plans early in order to build a campaign organization and raise the kind of money needed to take on an incumbent.

Spaulding, a 68-year-old land-use development lawyer, said he would emphasize restoring education funding and improving the business climate, and encourage full voter participation.

“The taxpayers and voters are looking for a reasonable alternative to the extremist positions and actions taken by the governor and his legislative majority,” Spaulding said in a statement. “Business leaders are looking for a restoration to a vibrant business and economic climate. This will assure North Carolinians of jobs and job security during these difficult and uncertain times.”

Spaulding is a member of one of Durham’s most prominent families. His late father, Asa Spalding, was president of N.C. Mutual Insurance Co., once one of the largest black-owned businesses in the country.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/08/26/3139528/spaulding-announces-early-for.html#storylink=cpy

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