Attorney general primed to begin run for NC governor

Posted October 12, 2015

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper

— Attorney General Roy Cooper is now prepared to tell North Carolina residents he's a candidate for governor next year.

The Democrat planned a "special announcement" Monday evening at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, not far from where he grew up in Nashville. He represented the area in the legislature until 2000, when he was first elected the state's top law enforcement official.

The 58-year-old Cooper has been talking about planning for a bid for governor since 2013 and has been critical of policies pushed by the Republican-led General Assembly and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, who is seeking re-election.

While Cooper's candidacy has seemed like a foregone conclusion, Republicans have been accusing him of failing to do his current job. 

North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse planned to counter Cooper's announcement with remarks of his own outside the Nash Community College Monday afternoon.

Ken Spaulding of Durham already has announced he's seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The primary would be March 15.


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  • Jerry Johnson Oct 12, 2015
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    Also funny how all of these NC improvements seem to coincide with the general US economy improving under Obama.

  • Tom Laurence Oct 12, 2015
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    Yes....teachers got a $750 bonus. Teachers leaving NC by the droves. Yes, taxes were lowered.....by giving HUGE cash incentives to large organizations, and increasing sales tax on the working population. I just want to see some "hybrid" approach and common ground, sensible budgeting. Just saying..

  • Carl Keehn Oct 12, 2015
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    You realize that the Republicans took control in 2011. It's the legislature that controls the budget, not the Governor. In fact, Perdue's veto was overridden by the legislature.

  • Joey Cuddington Oct 12, 2015
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    I don't care who the candidate is...I just don't EVER see me voting for another Democrat. I have not heard one on the state or local level denounce anything that has ever happened during the obama administration...and that speaks volumes to me!!! I won't even mention HilLIARy be considered as a presidential candidate by the dnc (oops -but I did)...

  • Tom Boswell Oct 12, 2015
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    With Democrats in control before McCrory, We had a 2.5 billion dollar deficit. At the time it was the countries fifth largest. Our employment rate was 9.5% and ranked us a laughing stock 47th. Our overall tax burden rated us the 7th highest in the country according to the Tax Foundations web site. Our teachers were paid at a rate of the 46th highest. We owed the federal Government 2.5 billion in unemployment benefits. Fast forward to Republican control in just 3 years, we have paid off the 2.5 billion, our tax burden has fallen to 34th highest, our unemployment has dropped to 5.8% which ranks us 35th. The drop of 3.7% since McCrory took office represents the second largest drop in the country. We now have a 445 million dollar surplus. Teachers just received one of their largest raises in history. According to the Gallup job creation index we were ranked 43rd in 2013 based on the Democrats 2012 policies. In one year under Republican control we are now ranked 30th.