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DURHAM, NC (AP) — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says he’s a leader in education innovation who would work to reverse what he calls lasting damage to North Carolina by Republican political forces if he’s elected governor.

Dalton officially began his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday at an old tobacco factory in Durham that’s been converted for modern uses. The former state senator and Rutherfordton lawyer said he chose Durham to start his campaign because it’s a symbol of adapting to changing times.

Dalton filed candidacy papers before Tuesday’s event. He scheduled another stop in Greensboro later in the day. He brings his campaign to Wilmington tomorrow with a tour of Screen Gems Studios.

State Rep. Bill Faison, Gary Dunn and Gardenia Henley already have filed as candidates for the May primary. Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge also said he’s running.

Republican Pat McCrory is also in the race.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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