Deborah Ross entering 2016 US Senate race

Deborah Ross. Photo credit: YouTube

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Former North Carolina legislator Deborah Ross will announce her run for U.S. Senate Wednesday.

Ross, a Democrat, said last Thursday evening that she was “putting together a team,” presumably for a campaign. She said a lot of people were encouraging her to run.

In a YouTube video posted Tuesday, Ross suggested she is ready to challenge incumbent Richard Burr.

“We all want a government that puts people first,” Ross said in a video posted to YouTube Tuesday.

Ross served in the House for 10 years, representing Wake County, before leaving in 2013 to become a transit authority attorney.Ross is a 1985 graduate of Brown University and graduated from the University of North Carolina law school in 1990. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Steve.

“I don’t have every answer, and I won’t promise to make all problems immediately disappear,” Ross said. “But what I do have is a strong faith in America’s promise to make people’s lives better. Like every other challenge I’ve faced, I won’t back down just because it’s hard.”

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.

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, criticized Ross in a statement released early Wednesday morning.

“Not long after her idol Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democrat debate and said she was proud to call half the country her enemy, Deborah Ross announced her campaign for U.S. Senate under the cover of darkness when she thought no one would notice,” Woodhouse said. “I can’t think of a better candidate to help Republicans reach out to Independent and Democrat voters than Deborah Ross, who has one of the most far-left voting records in the General Assembly and is far to the left of even her own party.”


The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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