Fayetteville lawyer and former Congressional candidate Tim Dunn says he’ll likely run for state attorney general in 2016, according to the Fayetteville Observer.
Dunn, a Democrat and Marine reservist, said Sunday that he’ll make it official when Attorney General Roy Cooper formally announces a run for governor. Cooper has said it’s too early to officially enter the race but has already begun fundraising efforts.
Dunn cited concerns about crime in Fayetteville as his main reason for running, the Observer reported.
Dunn would likely face state Sen. Josh Stein of Raleigh, who has said he expects to run for attorney general. Stein worked in the AG’s office from 2001 to 2008, where he headed the Consumer Protection Division.
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The campaign for attorney general wouldn’t be Dunn’s first try for elected office. He ran against U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes in 2006, but he dropped out of the race citing financial difficulties and backed fellow Democrat Larry Kissell. Dunn also ran against Rep. Charlie Rose in 1996.