Dems, GOP pick newcomers for NC’s No. 2 executive

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s former state personnel director Linda Coleman hopes to follow a fellow Democrat into the job of lieutenant governor.

Coleman beat state Sen. Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville on Tuesday to win the Democratic primary for the state’s Number 2 executive. Coleman is aiming to succeed Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who won his party’s nomination for governor.

Republicans competing for their party’s nomination include state Rep. Dale Folwell of Winston-Salem, the second-ranking Republican in the state House. Dan Forest of Raleigh is a former architect and the son of retiring Congresswoman Sue Myrick. State Rep. Grey Mills is a Mooresville attorney and former public school teacher. Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley and Bladen County tax accountant Arthur Jason Rich are also in the race.
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