The list of contenders seeking the state Senate seat of resigning Chapel Hill Democrat Ellie Kinnaird is growing by the hour.
Kinnaird's district is one of the few "safe" Democratic districts drawn in the GOP's 2011 redistricting maps, so whoever is tapped to take her seat is considered likely to win election to a full term in 2014...
Kinnaird, 81, announced Monday she had resigned her seat, effective immediately, to work on outreach efforts to ensure people had the required photo identification to vote under a new state law. She was in her ninth term in the state Senate. In an interview with WRAL News, she did not endorse a potential successor.
A four-member committee of local Democratic party officials will choose Kinnaird's replacement, who will then be appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to fill out the remainder of Kinnaird's term, expiring December 2014. The panel's decision is expected within the next 30 days.