- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - While Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has officially filed as a candidate to seek re-election next year, a potential Democratic rival has decided to remain in the North Carolina Senate.

Burr’s candidacy notice was turned in Friday to the State Board of Elections. He is seeking a third six-year term and already has three challengers - two Democrats and one Republican.

Democratic State Sen. Joel Ford also had considered a bid for Capitol Hill but said he filed Friday to run for the General Assembly again. Ford says he can do more for his local constituents in the state Senate than running for statewide office now. He also mentioned looking at a run for state treasurer.

Candidate filing began Tuesday and runs until Dec. 21.

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