The effort to draft Rev. Mark Harris is beginning to look more like a campaign.
The committee to draft the Charlotte Republican for the U.S. Senate Wednesday announced the hiring of a new political director. Tracy Bengston of Davidson worked as scheduler for Republican Dan Forest's 2012 campaign for lieutenant governor. This month she managed Joyce Krawiec's campaign for vice chair of the state GOP.
Rev. Harris is pastor of Charlotte's 1st Baptist church and president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Last month his supporters filed papers for an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission. He's on a "listening" tour of the state and is expected to make a decision later this summer.
House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Cary physician Greg Brannon are the only announced GOP candidates for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.