Editorial: A perpetual campaign in N.C.?

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 01:02 AM

You may not have realized it, but the 2016 race for governor is well underway.

Less than 10 months after the last election, and more than three years before the next chance to cast a vote, we already have two declared candidates for the Democratic nomination. Ken Spaulding, a former state House member, congressional candidate and Board of Transportation member, said Monday that he is running. James Protzman of Chapel Hill, a business consultant, contributor to the BlueNC blog and former town council member, filed paperwork with the State Board of Elections in May creating a gubernatorial campaign committee.

Attorney General Roy Cooper may find himself in a crowded field if he waits much longer to toss his own hat into the ring.

We don’t even have two confirmed candidates for president in 2016, and already we have two for governor — three if you count the incumbent.

We’d like a year or two, preferably more, after an election to see how the winner does before having to begin hearing multiple competing campaign speeches again.