State Board of Elections chief investigator and former FBI special agent Chuck Stuber announced Thursday that he’ll run for state auditor.
Stuber is the only Republican so far to challenge incumbent Democrat Beth Wood, who’s seeking another term. He says he’ll file for office Friday.
Stuber is known for his role in investigating a number of prominent North Carolina politicians who faced corruption charges, including former House Speaker Jim Black, former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance Jr. and former Gov. Mike Easley.
After he retired from a 28-year career at the FBI, Stuber joined the State Board of Elections to investigate fraud and campaign finance violations. He’s leaving that job to run for auditor.
“I feel I am uniquely qualified for the position of N.C. state auditor and will be able to do an outstanding job bringing to justice those who perpetuate fraud, waste, abuse and corruption,” Stuber said in a news release. “I hope the citizens of North Carolina will give me the opportunity to show them how I can protect their hard-earned tax dollars, and I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of serving as North Carolina’s state auditor.”