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Robin Hayes gains backing for N.C. GOP chairman

Posted December 13, 2010 7:52 a.m. EST
Updated December 13, 2010 3:54 p.m. EST

— A former Republican congressman has gained backing from several fellow politicians in his bid to become state Republican Party chairman.

The Charlotte Observer reports that former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes has landed endorsements from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, expected state Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County, and incoming state Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Onslow County.

The 65-year-old Hayes is one of at least three candidates running to replace Tom Fetzer, who plans to step down next month. Vice chairman Timothy Johnson and former Guilford County GOP chair Marcus Kindley are also running.

Hayes represented the state's 8th Congressional District for a decade before losing in 2008 to Democrat Larry Kissell.

Meanwhile, Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, said Monday that he plans to run for chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Faison said he priorities would be increased communication between the party and local activists, a reorganized approach to elections, redistricting and a commitment to recruit and train quality candidates at every level in all 100 North Carolina counties.