Jay Chaudhuri, a lawyer with an extensive background in state government, announced Tuesday he is running for state Senate.
A Raleigh resident, he is seeking the seat currently held by Sen. Josh Stein, a Democrat, saying Stein is a presumed candidate for attorney general.
Incumbent Attorney General Roy Cooper will be running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016. Durham attorney Ken Spaulding is also running in that primary as a Democrat.
The Chaudhuri campaign kicked off the announcement with word that it has already raised more than $100,000 from 113 donors in 10 days, saying many of them are first-time contributors. He also announced endorsements from a number of officials, including Treasurer Janet Cowell.
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Chaudhuri has been general counsel and policy adviser to Cowell and special counsel to Cooper. He was also Cooper’s legislative counsel when Cooper was the majority leader in the state Senate.
“I will fight for greater opportunity for all North Carolinians with the same dedication and spirit that I have brought to my work with State Treasurer Cowell and Attorney General Cooper,” Chaudhuri said in a statement. “Senator Stein has been an articulate and tireless advocate in the Senate, and I intend to build on that legacy.”
On Monday, Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican from Wilson, said he will seek the GOP nomination for attorney general. Stein has not yet made an announcement about his intentions.