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NC state senator plans bid for attorney general

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A Democratic state senator from Wake County says he will run for the attorney general's office in 2016.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1caVUeF) State Sen. Josh Stein said his focus is on regaining his senate seat in 2014, then run for attorney general so he can use his eight years of experience as a senior deputy attorney general to work moving that office forward.

Stein is an attorney at the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood. The 47-year-old is in his third term representing Senate District 16, which includes parts of Raleigh, Cary and      . He's also minority whip during the current two-year legislative session.

Current Attorney General Roy Cooper is expected to run against Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016. Cooper hasn't made a formal announcement.

Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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