Under the Dome

Third Democrat joins US Senate race

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin

A third candidate has joined the Democratic primary field for Richard Burr’s U.S. Senate seat.

Kevin Griffin, president and CEO of the Durham staffing company AVANT Group, LLC, announced his candidacy this week. He has never run for elected office before.

“I’m not a politician trying to work my way up the ladder,” Griffin said on his campaign website. “What I am is a new opportunity: A new voice, with new ideas and approaches to solving our problems.

“People ask me why I want to run for U.S. Senate. My answer is simple. I want to stop the insanity.”

Griffin lacks the name recognition of the likely Democratic frontrunner, former state Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh. Ross launched her campaign earlier this week.

Chris Rey, the mayor of Spring Lake near Fayetteville, is also seeking the Democratic nomination. State Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte says he’s mulling a run for Burr’s seat but hasn’t yet made a decision.