Under the Dome

Republican to launch campaign for NC secretary of state

Republican AJ Daoud announced Wednesday that he’ll launch a second bid to unseat Secretary of State Elaine Marshall next week.

Daoud is the Republican Party’s 6th Congressional District chairman, and he briefly sought to chair the state party before dropping out of that race earlier this year. He ran for Secretary of State in 2012, coming in fourth place in the GOP primary with 10 percent of the vote.

This time, the Daoud campaign lists a steering committee with several prominent Republican legislators, including House Rules Chairman David Lewis, Sen. Jerry Tillman and Rep. Jason Saine.

Daoud is also a former police officer who spent years running a group of funeral homes. The Pilot Mountain resident has been a state lottery commissioner since 2013.

Daoud plans to make a formal announcement at 10:30 a.m. Monday on the lawn of the state Capitol building.