Lt. Gov. Forest set to kick off campaign for governor next month

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will formally begin his 2020 campaign for governor next month at a weekend rally.

Forest's campaign committee says the Aug. 17 event will be held at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Forest is a Raleigh architect who was first elected lieutenant governor in 2012. He won re-election four years later and is the highest-ranking GOP executive branch official in North Carolina government since Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's 2016 victory. Cooper is seeking re-election.

While Forest has been raising campaign money for an expected gubernatorial run, he described his campaign six months ago as an "exploratory committee" for governor. A campaign news release on Tuesday said the "exploratory" language has now been dropped.

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7/10/2019 4:52:02 AM (GMT -4:00)