Politics & Government
7:20 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Forest Wins Nomination for Lieutenant Governor

In the Republican run-off election for Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday Dan Forest beat Tony Gurley.

Jeff Tiberii: Forest received nearly 68-percent of the vote in a second primary that had low turnout at the polls. Forest is the son of Sue Myrick, the retiring 9-term Congresswoman and former mayor of Charlotte. He has never held political office but easily beat Tony Gurley who has 10 years experience on the Wake County board of Commissioners. Forest says his attention now shifts toward his November opponent, Democrat Linda Coleman.

Dan Forest: So now we can move forward and re-groups and strategize but listen, I think there will be very clear ideological separation between me and my opponent and I think that will be a much easier decision than it is right now.

Coleman is also a former Wake County Commissioner and has served in the General Assembly. Forest has said he favors phasing out the state's corporate income tax, lowering the gas tax, and creating a small business tax bracket.