RALEIGH, N.C. — With six weeks to go before the election, Democrat Beverly Perdue and Republican Jim Snyder are pushing to be lieutenant governor.
Perdue, the incumbent, spent much of her term focusing on health issues -- smoking, child obesity and prescription drugs for seniors. She is also in charge of keeping military installations open. The federal government plans to close many worldwide next year.
"[With] $18 billion, 77 counties, almost 400,000 jobs in North Carolina -- that's big business in our state," Perdue said.
Meanwhile, Snyder, an author and lawyer from the Triad, suggests raising college tuition and wants the state to start investment funds for infants.
"We plan to attack poverty from the beginning to get ahead of the curve," Snyder said.
Perdue is finishing her first term as lieutenant governor. Snyder ran for U.S. Senate in 2002, but he lost in the primary to Elizabeth Dole. Libertarian Christopher Cole is also running for lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor has three major duties. First, he or she presides over the state Senate and can cast tie-breaking votes. The lieutenant governor also sits on the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges.