WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Governor Bev Perdue's announcement Thursday got immediate response from politicians throughout the state. Some are gunning for her spot while others are looking to move up to positions vacated by other elections. The race to run for her job has begun, which has started an entirely new political ball game in North Carolina.
“This is a pretty bizarre situation that could have profound implications even down here at the local level,” said Chad Adams, with the Big Talker FM.
“Many people are waiting in line to look at different positions, but always contemplating if this person moves what does that mean to me,” said Jonathan Barfield, a New Hanover County Commissioner.
The domino effect started almost immediately.
Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton says he will now run for governor. In a statement Thursday afternoon, Dalton, who has been in office since 2008 said "I am the only candidate who has run and won statewide and I look forward to waging an aggressive campaign."
Congressman Mike McIntyre also responded to the announcement. In a statement, he wrote:
"The ideals and issues that make our state and nation great do not belong to either political party. I love North Carolina; I love serving its people; and I am always open to considering broader opportunities to serve, including the possibility of governor."
Barfield then reacted to McIntyre’s announcement.
“It's definitely something that's been on my radar screen for a while,” he said. “I contemplated maybe looking at that role in 2014, but if he's seriously considering running for governor, i think now would be a great time to look at his role as well as far as us Congress.”
Adams says this should make for interesting local political races.
“What will that do to the race for county commissioner, because then you have three open slots, at least in the Democrat primary and we don't know who those candidates will be yet,” said Adams. “With all that's going on with New Hanover County commissioners could be very interesting in and of itself.”
It just goes to show that one day can make a huge difference in the future outlook of leadership in North Carolina.
“For political hacks, this is a very exciting time and for the rest of the public it's going to be a time that they're going to really have to take another look at candidates possibly running in different positions,” said Adams.