An attorney and member of a prominent Durham political family says he's planning to run for North Carolina governor in 2016.
Ken Spaulding says he's getting in the race now because taxpayers and voters tell him they want a reasonable alternative to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. He says the incumbent has failed to rein in what he sees as an over-the-top General Assembly.
Spaulding is the latest Democrat getting an early start or considering one to become the next chief executive even with the election more than three years away. James Protzman of Chapel Hill has created a campaign committee. Attorney General Roy Cooper is also looking at the job.
The 68-year-old Spaulding is a former state House member, congressional candidate and Board of Transportation member.