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Morrisville councilman considers run for lieutenant governor

Morrisville Town Council member Steve Rao, far left, moderates a panel discussion on immigration reform June 8, 2014.
Morrisville Town Council member Steve Rao, far left, moderates a panel discussion on immigration reform June 8, 2014. NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

Seems like there’s a surge of interest among Democrats in challenging Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in his re-election bid next year.

Morrisville Town Council member Steve Rao said Wednesday that party officials have asked him to consider running, and he is considering it.

Rao said through a spokesman that he is “humbled to be approached and will consider this opportunity with his family and others and make a decision.”

Rao is an executive at Alphanumeric and models himself as a moderate business Democrat. Rao was elected to the Morrisville Town Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2013.

Before seeking office, he helped found the North Carolina Indian Political Action Committee and served as president of the Indian American Forum for Political Education.

Rao also has been active in business ventures, helping start the Morrisville Innovation Foundation and serving as a charter member of the Carolinas branch of the Indus Entrepreneurs, an international business group focused on connecting entrepreneurs with ties to India and South Asia.

Earlier Wednesday, Buncombe County commissioner Holly Jones announced she is running in the Democratic primary. Former lawmaker Linda Coleman, who lost to Forest in 2012, is running again.

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