Among the questions: "If elected, what are your top 3 priorities?"
Other questions dealt with the state's coronavirus response, school funding, Medicaid expansion and systemic racism.
Similar questions went out to candidates in other Council of State races. Forest's campaign was the only one to complain about the questions.
"These questions are written specifically for the Cooper campaign and don't reflect reality," Forest spokesman Andrew Dunn said in an email. "They’re not the issues the people of North Carolina really care about."
Dunn then listed "the real questions that should be asked," which the Forest campaign also did not answer. Dunn did not return a follow-up call seeking additional comment.
The voters guide questions Forest's campaign objected to are:
- If elected, what are your top 3 priorities?
- Should all pandemic-related restrictions in North Carolina be lifted before a coronavirus vaccine is widely available? What would be the tipping point to scale them back or rescind them?
- How would you handle the economic issues caused by the pandemic?
- The pandemic has resulted in added expenses for public schools. Do you support a significant increase in K-12 spending to help districts, and if so, how would you pay for it?
- Do you support expanding Medicaid to provide more North Carolinians with health coverage during the pandemic? If not, how do you propose caring for these people?
- Do you believe there’s systemic racism in North Carolina? If so, what reforms are needed?