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Transportation chief mentioned as possible NC Senate candidate

Transportation chief mentioned as possible NC Senate candidate
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Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony Renard FoxxBig Dem names show little interest in Senate Lyft sues New York over new driver minimum pay law Lyft confidentially files for IPO MORE is being mentioned as a possible Senate candidate in his native North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer reports

Democrats in the Tar Heel State have suggested that Foxx might be an option for a challenger to incumbent Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrAs Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs MORE (R-N.C.) after former Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory MORE (D-N.C.) opted to pass on the race this week, according to the report. 

Hagan was defeated in a bid for reelection last year by Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisCunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (R-N.C.), but national Democrats were hoping she would return for a campaign against Burr in 2016, which they assume will be more favorable because it is also a presidential election year. 

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Foxx has said previously that he is not interested in running for the Senate after he leaves office, but the paper said Democrats may try to recruit him anyway due to his ability to raise money for a potential race and his ties to President Obama, who tapped him to lead the Transportation Department in 2013. 

Prior to taking the helm of the DOT, Foxx was mayor of Charlotte, which is North Carolina's largest city. 

Other potential Democratic candidates who were mentioned by the paper include North Carolina state Treasurer Janet Cowell, University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross and state Sens. Dan Blue and Josh Stein.