Under the Dome

Cowell seeking third term as NC treasurer

As one of North Carolina’s more successful Democratic politicians, state Treasurer Janet Cowell on Tuesday quashed speculation that she might seek higher office soon. For now, she’s running for a third term.

Cowell took to social media to announce her decision.

“I appreciate & am flattered by the questions regarding my political future,” she tweeted. “My commitment to NC's future remains strong.”

“That’s why I’m preparing to run for re-election as Treasurer.”

She posted similar a message on Facebook and sent out emails.

Cowell has been mentioned as a potential opponent for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2016. In recent polling, she trailed former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan against Burr.

Cowell was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. She was also in the state Senate and served on the Raleigh City Council.