Former Raleigh mayor Meeker weighs bid for NC governor

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Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker (Credit: Wikipedia)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker told the News & Observer he is weighing a bid for North Carolina governor in 2016.

Meeker said he believes he is among a dozen Democrats with the background, contacts and potential to unseat Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

He said no serious decisions would be made until after the 2014 midterm elections.

Meeker is a lawyer who served as Raleigh mayor from 2001 to 2011. Before that, he served eight years on the city council. He decided not to seek re-election as mayor in 2011.

Former state Rep. Ken Spaulding also said he plans to run in 2016, and business consultant James Protzman of Chapel Hill has filed paperwork creating a gubernatorial campaign committee.

Attorney General Roy Cooper has reportedly not ruled out a bid for governor.

Read more: The News & Observer