- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Democratic North Carolina state senator is considering a bid for U.S. Senate in 2016 because he says Washington isn’t working and considers incumbent Republican Richard Burr part of the problem.

Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte confirmed Tuesday his interest in the Democratic nomination. Ford says he plans later in the week to visit Democrats in Washington who recruit Senate candidates.

Ford joined the state Senate in 2013 and is a former Mecklenburg County Democratic Party chairman. He says Democrats need to develop a platform that brings back unaffiliated voters and some Democrats who have been voting Republican recently.

Ford says he has no timeline for a decision.

Current state Rep. Duane Hall, former House member Deborah Ross and Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey also are considering Democratic Senate bids.

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