Under the Dome

Former League of Municipalities exec announces for NC Senate

Ellis Hankins, former N.C. League of Municipalities executive director, announced this week he will run in the Democratic primary for a state Senate next year.

Hankins said he’ll run for the seat expected to be left vacant by Sen. Josh Stein, a Democrat who is expected to run for state Attorney General. The district is drawn to give Democratic candidates an advantage in general elections.

Hankins retired from the League last year after 29 years there, 17 as executive director.

“After many years of advocating for the citizens and leaders of North Carolina’s cities and towns, I want to continue that public service on behalf of the citizens of Wake County and all of North Carolina in the Senate,” Hankins said in a statement.

“Supporting and improving our public schools, community colleges and universities is my top priority,” he said. “The Republicans controlling the Senate have shown little or no interest in improving public education, and we also need to start treating our teachers and state employees as valued professionals and public servants, with fair compensation.”

He is married to Leanne Winner, a lobbyist for the N.C. School Boards Association.