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Charlotte Mayor Files Paperwork for Governor's Race, Won't Comment

Posted January 9, 2008

— Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory has filed paperwork with the State Board of Elections to create a campaign committee called "Elect Pat McCrory Governor."

The seven-term Republican said Wednesday that he wasn't going to talk about speculation he might seek the state's top political office. He also declined to comment when asked about the paperwork filed late Tuesday.

A member of McCrory's staff in Charlotte issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that said McCrory would announce his intentions next week.

"This is only the first step in the process for statewide office as required by law," the statement said.

McCrory was in Chapel Hill on Wednesday afternoon, speaking at a meeting of the North Carolina Metropolitan Coalition of Mayors.

The paperwork filed with the State Board of Elections discloses an intention to run for state office and lists people who will oversee the campaign finances.

Three other Republicans are already in the race: Salisbury attorney Bill Graham, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Orr and state Sen. Fred Smith.

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  • Joshua Jan 10, 2008

    My vote is for Robert Orr!

  • gabby1 Jan 10, 2008

    Moved here from CLT 2 years ago after being a resident of CLT for over 11 years. I was happy with the job Pat did in CLT. I hope he does run anyone will be better than what we currently have in office! Run Pat Run!!!!!

  • PT Jan 9, 2008

    Why not? Maybe he won't steal from our counties...

  • fredssmithisnotmysenator Jan 9, 2008

    GOP candidate Fred SMith is a crook!!

  • ncwebguy Jan 9, 2008

    Why should we elect someone who doesn't want to talk about filing paperwork to run for govenor?

    I don't want to vote for someone who wants his life to be a series of publicity stunts. Has McCrory ever been east of 95?