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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 FoxxHillicon Valley: Uber, Lyft agree to take California labor win nationwide | Zoom to implement new security program along with FTC | Virgin Hyperloop completes first test ride with passengers Uber, Lyft eager to take California labor win nationwide Big Dem names show little interest in Senate 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 BurrA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Former Gov. Pat McCrory enters GOP Senate race in North Carolina Lara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows MORE (R-N.C.) after former Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganBiden's gun control push poses danger for midterms The two women who could 'cancel' Trump 10 under-the-radar races to watch in November 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 TillisBipartisan Senate proposal would grant million to minority businesses Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings 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.