Under the Dome

Add NCSU’s Walden to the list in NC Treasurer race

Add at least one more to the mix of those considering a run for the suddenly open state Treasurer seat.

Mike Walden, an economist at N.C. State University, confirmed he is thinking about entering the race, which was thrown open by Democratic incumbent Janet Cowell’s surprise announcement Tuesday that she will not seek re-election.

Walden is a frequent writer and commentator on North Carolina’s economy and policies. He holds a master’s and doctorate from Cornell University.

“I am thinking about possibly throwing my hat in the ring,” Walden wrote. “I have some ideas for modifying the investment portfolio to increase transparency and reduce management fees.”

Walden is registered unaffiliated. He said in an email exchange that he will consider registering with a political party as part of weighing a possible run for the seat. But it turns out that Oct. 7 was a deadline for candidates to affiliate with a party in order to be a primary candidate.

Others considering or being mentioned as possible candidates are Bill Daughtridge, Secretary of Administration in the cabinet of Gov. Pat McCrory; former state Rep. Dale Folwell, an assistant Commerce secretary; state Sen. Ralph Hise of Spruce Pine; state budget director Lee Roberts; former state Rep. Edgar Starnes, a Republican who now lobbies for Cowell; and Michael Weisel, a Raleigh attorney who sought the position twice before.