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Van Duyn announces candidacy for state lieutenant governor post
Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:06

From Staff Reports 

Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic state senator from Buncombe County, will run for the state’s second highest office in 2020.

Van Duyn, who serves as the minority whip in Raleigh, announced her candidacy n a social media post on the morning of Dec. 10.

In her announcement, she said, “Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for lieutenant governor, where I will work closely with Governor (Roy) Cooper to advance our investment in public education, to increase access to affordable health care, and to fight for clean air and drinking water.

“It is time for Governor Cooper to have a strong partner and ally, and I am excited about the opportunity to continue our proven partnership.”

Republican Dan Forest, who was elected lieutenant governor in 2013, is expected to run for governor in 2020.

Van Duyn was appointed to the 49th District seat in 2014, after the death of Sen. Martin L. Nesbitt, and was elected to the seat in November that year.

In a phone interview, Van Duyn said she will continue to serve as a senator, but will resign as minority whip.

“I have a responsibility to the people who elected me, and if at any point I don’t think I can do both well I will resign,” Van Duyn said of her role as a senator. “I am going to step down as the minority whip, so I can focus on the election to lieutenant governor.”

 



 


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