- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A former North Carolina legislator appears to be taking the next steps toward running for U.S. Senate in 2016 and attempting to unseat Republican incumbent Richard Burr.

Democrat Deborah Ross of Raleigh says Thursday evening she is “putting together a team,” presumably for a campaign. She says a lot of people are encouraging her to run. Ross repeated those comments when asked whether she was indeed running.

Ross served in the House for 10 years before leaving in 2013 to become a transit authority attorney. She’s left that job in part to consider a bid.

Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey is already in the Democratic primary and released a video Thursday. State Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte and Rep. Duane Hall of Raleigh also are considering entering that primary.

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