RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell has endorsed a Raleigh attorney and former investment banker to succeed her.
Cowell announced Tuesday she was backing fellow Democrat Dan Blue III. That came in a news release through Blue’s campaign four weeks before the primary. Cowell decided not to seek re-election after two terms.
Cowell says she considers Blue a leader who will protect retirement and health benefits for government and public employees and who is knowledgeable about issues facing the state.
Blue and CPA Ron Elmer of Cary are running in the Democratic primary. Elmer has received the endorsement of the political arm of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. Blue has received the state AFL-CIO endorsement.
The primary winner will take on Republican Dale Folwell in November.