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Deborah Ross, mulling a Senate run, resigns from GoTriangle

Deborah Ross
Deborah Ross

Citing her interest in a possible run for the U.S. Senate, former state Rep. Deborah Ross resigned Wednesday from her job as in-house counsel for GoTriangle, the regional transit agency.

“I’m looking at running for the U.S. Senate, and I don’t think I can do both things at the same time,” said Ross, 52, a Raleigh Democrat.

Other state Democrats considering a run for the Senate seat now held by Burr, a Republican, include state Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte, former U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler of Waynesville, state Rep. Duane Hall of Raleigh and Chris Rey, mayor of Spring Lake.

Ross served 10 years in the state House until June 2013, when she stepped down to become GoTriangle’s general counsel. She announced her resignation, effective Oct. 2, at the agency’s monthly board meeting. She previously worked as state director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and taught law at Duke.

She didn’t want to set a date for deciding whether she will file for the Democratic Senate nomination.

“I think it’s important for me to take some time to do that consideration,” Ross said.

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