Salisbury lawyer moves toward a possible run for governor
Bill Graham, a Republican, said in an e-mail to supporters yesterday that he has formed a committee to explore a possible run. Forming the committee allows him to raise money in the coming months. Graham said he plans to make an official decision this spring.
He spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money to run television ads last year supporting a reduction in the state's gas tax.
One other Republican, former Supreme Court justice Bob Orr, has also created a campaign committee for a run for governor.
Democrats Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue are already raising money for their expected bids for governor.
State law bars Gov. Mike Easley from running for a third consecutive term.