CORNELIUS – N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte mailed his first letter of the 2014 campaign Jan. 7 to more than 2,300 supporters, announcing that he will seek re-election to the 41st District seat.

Included in the letter were endorsements from 96 local and state elected leaders, including Gov. Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and every Republican state senator.

Tarte intended to get endorsements from a small group of elected officials, but thought about calling colleagues he worked with during the past session in the N.C. General Assembly.

“Before you know it, I realized I have built a number of personal relationships,” Tarte said. “The number of elected officials stating their support for my re-election got pretty big, pretty quickly.”

Greg Wessling, of The Lake Norman Company, serves as Tarte’s campaign chairman.

“His work to fix the flawed 2011 revaluation, flatten North Carolina’s tax code and reduce burdensome regulations is helping businesses flourish in North Carolina,” Wessling said. “It is important to see his good work continued.”

Tarte has already raised more than $100,000 for his re-election campaign. He’ll hold a free campaign kick-off party Feb. 20 at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius featuring special guest N.C. Sen. Phil Berger.