6 people now running for North Carolina Democratic Party's top post next month; forums ahead

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The number of people seeking to become the top leader of the North Carolina Democratic Party has grown just weeks before party activists meet to choose Chairman Randy Voller's successor.

Voller said Thursday six people have contacted the state party as candidate for the post. The party's State Executive Committee — comprised of several hundred Democrats — is slated to elect a new chair Feb. 7 in Pittsboro.

The candidates include current First Vice Chairwoman Patsy Keever of Asheville. Others are Marshal Adame of Jacksonville; Connie Johnson of Salisbury; Janice Covington Allison of Charlotte; Tommy Davis of Aberdeen; and Ron Sanyal of Raleigh.

Several candidate town hall forums are being held before the meeting.

Voller said in November he wouldn't seek a second two-year term.

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