Two Democrats contemplate running for state senate

Jim Leutze
Jim Leutze
Mayor Bill Saffo
Mayor Bill Saffo

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - In November, State Senator Julia Boseman announced she will not seek re-election in 2010, leaving her seat open. Two Republicans have already announce their intent to fill it, but so far the Democrats remain quiet.

Republican attorneys Thom Goolsby and Michael Lee are setting their sights on putting New Hanover County's State Senate seat in GOP hands.

Though no one from Boseman's own party has officially announced they would seek election, two men have expressed interest.  Former UNCW chancellor Jim Leutze and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo are both considering the option.

"We think Jim Leutze or Bill Saffo - either one - will make an outstanding candidate for North Carolina Senate," said Jim Morgan, NHC-Dem party chair.  "They can provide the type of leadership that moves New Hanover County forward.  We would be happy with either."

Leutze said he feels the state needs some strong leadership in the Senate with the possible problems linked with R.C. Soles.  He said there is only one person that would keep him from entering the race.

"I think Bill Saffo would make a great candidate, and if Bill decided to run I probably would not," said Leutze.

The filing period for candidates begins Feb. 8 and the primaries will take place May 4.

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