Under the Dome

Ezzell considers run for Wake House seat

They might be candidates.

Mark Ezzell is eyeing a run for the state House seat now held by Rep. Duane Hall.

Hall said this week he’s considering a run for U.S. Senate, challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.

Ezzell, president of a Raleigh public affairs company, said Friday that he is exploring a run in Hall’s heavily Democratic district if Hall goes for the U.S. Senate.

“I have some useful skills around knowledge of policy, knowledge of Wake County, and working with diverse groups of people I think will come in handy in public service,” Ezzell said.

Ezzell has been around state politics for decades, having worked under previous administrations for the Governor’s Crime Commission, the Health and Wellness Trust Fund, and other boards and agencies. He is a member of the Wake County Board of Elections.

Ezzell, 52, is a lobbyist for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, a job he said he would give up if he runs.

His father was a legislator, and Ezzell ran for the House from High Point in 1990.

“It was a fun experience, but I was considerably younger,” he said. “This might be an interesting way to serve the public again.”