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NC Sen. Joel Ford joins the field considering run against U.S. Sen. Richard Burr

N.C. Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte
N.C. Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte

Add N.C. Sen. Joel Ford’s name to the list of Democrats considering a 2016 run against Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.

Ford said Monday he’s going to Washington this week to talk about the race at the invitation of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The DSCC has been looking for a candidate since former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan declined to challenge Burr. Other prominent Democrats also have declined, including U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and state Treasurer Janet Cowell.

Ford, a former Mecklenburg County Democratic chairman, is in his second term in the state Senate.

“I didn’t call them. They called me,” said Ford. “I have not made any commitments. All I’m doing is talking and listening.”

Ford is one of several Democrats reportedly talking to the DSCC. He describes himself as a “pro-business moderate” Democrat. He’s vice chair of Main Street Democrats, a pro-business legislative caucus.

In Washington this week, he said he’ll remind the DSCC of two numbers: 18 and 64.

The first number is the percentage of N.C. Democrats who voted Republican in the last two federal elections. The second is the percentage of unaffiliated voters to cast a GOP ballot over the last three federal and state elections.

“Democrats need to figure that out,” Ford said. “We have to figure out a platform so that we don’t lose registered Democrats and we are moderate enough to attract more unaffiliated voters.”