Chris Rey, two-term mayor of the Cumberland County town of Spring Lake, announced Monday he will run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
He is the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy against Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr, although several more prominent politicians have expressed an interest in running.
Rey, a decorated Army veteran, works for a non-profit organization that coordinates care for the uninsured. He also announced a campaign website: www.ChrisRey.com.
Rey has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Walden University, and a law degree from William & Mary school of Law. He is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is married and has three children.
Former U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has been mentioned as a possible candidate in the Democratic primary. Others who have dipped their toes in the waters but haven’t committed are former state Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh, state Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte and state Rep. Duane Hall of Raleigh.