Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue will kick off her bid for governor October 1st at an event in her hometown of New Bern.
Perdue's announcement at the city's convention center will come more than three months after State Treasurer Richard Moore announced his Democratic gubernatorial bid.
Perdue has raised more than 4 million dollars in campaign funds since 2005 and has hired a staff and consultants. She recently won the endorsement of a committee of the North Carolina Association of Educators.
The announcement about the campaign kickoff comes not long after Moore's campaign said it was running ads critical of President Bush on politically oriented Web sites. The ads focus on new restrictions limiting federal-state children's health insurance program for low-income families.