Candidates began filing for office at noon Monday. The current State Personnel Director Linda Coleman added her name to a list of those seeking the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor. She served briefly in the state House of Representatives. Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange) also officially entered the primary race for Governor. The cornerstone of his campaign is to raise the sales tax and offer a small tax exemption for employers. A recent Civitas Institute report questions the math in Faison’s proposal. But a nasty divorce could be a distraction for him. His estranged wife filed a complaint making ugly accusations about mistreatment and pornography among other things. Faison says he’s not worried about it.
Faison is also facing Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and former Congressman Bob Etheridge in the Democratic primary. The winner will run against Republican Pat McCrory. Incumbent Democratic Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin filed for re-election. His office is one of three Council of State races eligible for public funding. But as noted in a Civitas Institute article, the fund containing money for those races is virtually empty and candidates likely won’t see a cent of it. Goodwin says he was prepared for that.
Candidates for auditor and superintendent of public instruction will also have to raise their own money.