Raleigh, N.C. — Deborah Ross, a former state House member from Wake County, will announce Wednesday that she wants to return to politics, only this time on Capitol Hill as North Carolina's new U.S. senator.
Ross becomes the second Democrat seeking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, who is seeking a third six-year term in 2016. Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey entered the race last month.
"We all want a government that puts people first," Ross said in a three-minute campaign video. "I don't have every answer, and I won't promise to make all problems immediately disappear. But what I do have is a strong faith in America's promise to make people's lives better."
Ross served from 2003 to 2013 in the state House, where she was a member of the Democratic caucus leadership. For the past two years, she was a general counsel to GoTriangle, which provides mass transit services in Wake, Durham and Orange counties, but she resigned that position last month as she weighed a Senate bid. Before her legislative career, she was state director for the American Civil Liberties Union.