Filing for the 2014 elections is year away. But Democrat Jennifer Roberts is getting ready.
The former chairman of the Mecklenburg County commissioners, and unsuccessful candidate for Congress last year, has started a new political action committee. Organizational papers for the "Flowering Dogwood" PAC were filed last month with the state elections board.
Roberts, who lost to Republican Robert Pittenger in the 9th District, won't say what office she has in mind for next year. That, she says, "is still somewhat in the planning stage."
She announced the PAC last week at a reception for around 200 supporters.
"My main message to the supporters is that I'm staying active politically," she says. "I'm really not leaning toward anything at this point. There are a lot of issues I'm concerned about, education, job creation ...
"I think there are many positions and opportunities that would help us move these issues forward."
Roberts warned against reading anything into the fact she registered her PAC in Raleigh, not Washington.
"Because it's a state PAC not a federal PAC doesn't mean I've written that off," she says.
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