CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lt. Governor Walter Dalton announced late Thursday afternoon he's running for governor, saying the state's future and economy depends upon a commitment to education.
Dalton’s decision came just hours after Governor Beverly Perdue announced she would not seek re-election, citing political fights about education.
UNCC political science professor Eric Heberlig says Dalton isn't very visible and voters might tie him to the Perdue administration.
"This would give him at least a few months to be more visible to do the official type things that governors do to raise his profile,” Heberlig said.
Representative Bill Faison has been hinting at a run, voicing his displeasure with current leadership and putting $500,000 into a campaign war chest. Faison stopped short of confirming his candidacy Thursday during a visit to Newschannel 36, but said he would make an announcement soon.
Former State Treasurer Richard Moore lost to Perdue in the 2008 primary but now says people are asking him to get back into politics and run for governor. He says he doesn't know when he'll make a decision.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx says he will spend the next few weeks mulling over how to best serve the city and the state and will talk to family and friends.
Representative Heath Shuler's office said to expect a statement Thursday or Friday, but they're not saying what the statement will be about.
Erskine Bowles’ name always seems to get thrown around when it comes to politics because he was President Clinton's Chief of Staff. An email to him wasn't returned.
Overall, Heberlig says money and time are issues.
"The hard part would be putting together the staff, campaign organization, raising the funds it would take to be competitive over a short period of time," Heberlig added.
Former Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Joel Ford says it's nothing democrats can't overcome.
“It causes us to scramble to find a candidate but I don't think we have to scramble too much,” Ford said.
"There is time for individuals to raise the money and get the individual organizations together to run for a governor's race."