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Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge joining race for NC governor

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge is entering
the Democratic race for North Carolina governor.

Etheridge released a statement Thursday announcing he was
running for the job, just hours after former University of North
Carolina system president Erskine Bowles decided against it.

Etheridge served in Congress for 14 years and eight years before
that as state schools superintendent. He said in a statement that
improving the state's public education system has been his life's
work and that the election is about leadership.

The Harnett County Democrat joins Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and
state Rep. Bill Faison in the party's primary. Three others are
considering whether to get in the race.

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

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