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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state government’s personnel
director has decided she’ll run for lieutenant governor this year.

Linda Coleman said Thursday she’ll seek the Democratic
nomination in May opened because Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is running
for governor in the wake of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s decision not to
run again.

Coleman said the timing is right to run what she calls a
statewide grass-roots campaign that will focus on improving public
schools, strengthening work force training at community colleges
and investing in the state’s research universities.

Coleman is a 62-year-old former state House member and previous
chairman of the Wake County commissioners.

Supporters of 2008 Democratic primary runner-up Hampton
Dellinger of Durham have been circulating a letter urging him to
run again for lieutenant governor.

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


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