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NC Sen. Joel Ford won’t run against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Joel Ford speaks on a measure concerning "sanctuary cities" for illegal migrants in the Senate chambers at the N.C General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2015.
Sen. Joel Ford speaks on a measure concerning "sanctuary cities" for illegal migrants in the Senate chambers at the N.C General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2015. cseward@newsobserver.com

State Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte announced Friday that he’s decided against a run for U.S. Senate.

Ford had considered becoming the fourth Democrat to launch a bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr. Instead, Ford will seek another term in the state Senate.

“I can do more for my constituents in the state Senate than I can running a statewide campaign for U.S. Senate or state treasurer at this time,” Ford said in a news release. “I am very grateful and humbled by those who have encouraged me to run across the state. However, I don’t feel like the timing is right for such a campaign.”

Ford visited Democratic Party officials in Washington recently as he mulled a run. But since he first said he’d consider a run, former state Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh emerged as the party’s frontrunner against Burr.

Two other Democrats are also running: Durham businessman Kevin Griffin and Spring Lake mayor Chris Rey.

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