State Representative Dan Blue formally announced his candidacy Tuesday.
Against a backdrop of blue, Blue said he intends to use the color blue in his campaign to connect to the voters across the state. With many of his legislative colleagues looking on, the state representative from Raleigh and two-term Speaker of the House plans to focus his campaign on his legislative and business experience and on the topics of improving education, better jobs and better security.
"My experience is in fighting for the working families of North Carolina and that's what this campaign is all about," he said.
In addition to Blue, the Democrats running are former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Charlotte Democrat Ray Warren.
The Republicans running are Elizabeth Dole, Lumberton doctor Jim Parker, Lexington attorney Jim Snyder and former gubernatorial candidate Richard Vinroot.