A former state Supreme Court justice who's filed legal challenges to a tax incentive programs and the new lottery since leaving the bench is running for governor.
Bob Orr told The Associated Press that he will soon file paperwork creating the campaign committee that will allow him to start raising money for a gubernatorial bid.
Orr is the first Republican to formally announce his intention to replace Democratic Governor Mike Easley, who's barred by term limits from seeking a third term.
He says, "The ability to accomplish reform can only truly come if you're in a position to lead and to affect change. It's not an academic exercise."
The 60-year-old isn't the first major-party hopeful to consider a gubernatorial bid. But he's the first to announce plans to create a campaign committee with the express purpose of seeking his party's nomination for the top job in state government.