Durham businessman Michael LaPaglia filed Wednesday to run for secretary of state.
LaPaglia will face fellow Republican A.J. Daoud of Pilot Mountain in a GOP primary in March. The winner will take on incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall in November.
LaPaglia owns LaPaglia & Associates, a consulting firm that works with museums and historic sites. He has not held elected office before but worked for U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson’s campaign in the 1990s, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“I believe the secretary of state should be an active advocate for business within state government,” LaPaglia said in a news release. “We need to reduce unnecessary regulations and significantly ease the regulatory burden on North Carolina businesses.”