Former Perdue adviser joins Obama team

Marc Farinella, a one-time adviser to N.C. Democrats Erskine Bowles and Bev Perdue, has been named Sen. Barack Obama's state director.

“Naming someone as talented and experienced as Marc Farinella to lead the campaign in North Carolina is yet another sign that Barack Obama intends to compete and win in the Tar Heel state,” Gov. Mike Easley said in a statement.

The Obama campaign is expected to have more than 100 paid field workers in state. Staff reports