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  Orr announces run for (NC) governor
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ContributorThe Sunset Provision 
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News DateThursday, February 1, 2007 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBob Orr, a former Supreme Court justice who now heads a conservative legal foundation, said Tuesday he's leaving the courtroom behind to make a run for governor.

Orr said he'll create a campaign committee in the next week or so he can start raising money for his 2008 Republican gubernatorial bid and then spend the next several months meeting voters, getting their takes on the issues and talking up what he calls a reform agenda.

"I do think there's a real disenchantment with the way state government is operating," Orr said in an interview with The Associated Press. "As a candidate you need to go out and talk about positive, constructive changes that you think can and should be made."

Orr isn't the first major-party hopeful to consider a gubernatorial bid - Democrats Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue are already raising money like they are in the race. But Orr is the first to announce plans to create a campaign committee with the sole purpose of seeking his party's nomination for governor. Gov. Mike Easley is barred by state law from seeking a third consecutive term.

Orr, 60, served on the state Court of Appeals
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