Former Sen. Malcolm Graham is preparing a run for lieutenant governor in 2020, the Charlotte Democrat has confirmed.

Graham had long been rumored to be interested in the race. But on Thursday, he posted a campaign logo to his Twitter account. In a follow-up post, he confirmed he was exploring the lieutenant governor position.

Graham served in the state Senate from 2004 until 2014, when he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. House in the 12th Congressional District. He finished second in the Democratic primary to Alma Adams, who went on to win the seat. The 55-year-old Graham is also a former Charlotte City Council member.

He joins an increasingly crowded field in a potential Democratic primary. Former state Sen. Cal Cunningham of Lexington is already in the race, along with current state Sen. Terry Van Duyn of Buncome County.

But Graham will be a strong contender for the seat. He’s spoken powerfully about Charlotte’s penchant for ignoring tough problems and has been inspired to remain in politics after his sister was tragically killed during the shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME church.

It’s also worth noting that he would be the only person of color in the race at this point. That won’t hurt in a primary that will have a large percentage of African-American voters.

Cover image by Malcolm Graham for Congress via Facebook.

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