WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Less than two weeks before the official filing period begins for candidates running for office in North Carolina. However, several have already made their intentions known.
One of them, Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange) has his sights on running for governor.
Faison has served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, starting in 2005, representing Orange and Caswell counties. In 2011, Faison released his JOBS plan, and began touting its points while traveling across the state.
He says that experience has helped cut down what many see is one challenge he may face in the 2012 campaign, which is name recognition. Many of the other "potential" candidates mentioned in the field, such as Erskine Bowles, Bob Etheridge and Richard Moore, have experience in running statewide campaigns for office.
"We had been looking at polls we were running all along," Faison said in an interview Wednesday with WECT. "What we found, to my surprise, was that there was almost no one on the Council of State other than the Governor that had name recognition above 22 or 25 points. We passed all of them back in October in name recognition."
Faison said his campaign is in the field with polls now, and he expects them to show his name recognition at closer to 40 percent. "That would give us a 10 to 15 point lead right now over any other members of the Council of State," Faison said.
Along with Faison, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton has also said he plans to run for the Democratic nomination. Bowles, Etheridge and Moore are said to be considering a possible run, along with Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC 7th).
The filing period begins Feb. 13, and runs through the 29.