Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue is officially underway in her bid to become North Carolina's next governor.
Perdue made her formal announcement Monday in her hometown of New Bern, telling supporters her resume in state government, health care and education make her the top candidate.
She also said if she's elected, her goal would be not only for North Carolina to be the best educated state in America, but also the healthiest state in America.
Perdue represented New Bern for six terms in the Legislature before being elected the first female lieutenant governor in 2000.
To be the first female governor in state history, she'll have to beat out State Treasurer Richard Moore in what's expected to become a bruising Democratic primary that will cost both candidates millions of dollars.
Although lieutenant governor is viewed as a stepping stone to governor, only two of the previous seven lieutenant governors have won the office.