- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A potential U.S. Senate candidate says she’s leaving her job as a transit attorney to focus more on deciding whether she’ll get into the Democratic primary and try to unseat Republican incumbent Richard Burr.

Former state Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh told WRAL-TV (https://bit.ly/1LOSkFu ) on Wednesday she’s resigned as general counsel at the Triangle Transit Authority. She cited her heavy workload there while trying to give serious consideration to running.

Ross already said last month she was evaluating whether to enter the campaign.

Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey announced earlier this week he was seeking the Democratic nomination.

Two Republicans already have joined Burr for the GOP primary - former Judge Paul Wright of Dudley and Larry Holmquist of Greensboro, who announced his bid Wednesday.

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