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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco is not ready to say yet whether he’ll run for lieutenant governor.

The Randolph County Democrat and longtime textile company executive said Monday that some people whose opinions he values have asked him to consider a bid for the No. 2 job in the state. Crisco didn’t say whether he had made his decision but said he would put out a statement later. Crisco and other potential candidates have until noon Wednesday to file for office.

Crisco previously served on the Asheboro City Council. Gov. Bev Perdue appointed him commerce secretary in 2009.

Two fellow Democrats – Linda Coleman and Eric Mansfield – and three Republicans already have filed for the job.

Lt. Gov Walter Dalton is running for governor.

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

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