RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – State Sen. Josh Stein of Wake County announced Monday that he is running for North Carolina Attorney General.
Stein, a Democrat, is looking to replace Roy Cooper, who is expected to run for governor as a Democrat. Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican from Wilson, is running on the Republican side.
Stein is in his fourth term in the Senate. He had previously served as Senior Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection in the North Carolina Department of Justice for eight years.
“The people of North Carolina deserve an Attorney General with the right experience and who will always put their interests first,” Stein said in a statement.
Stein grew up in Chapel Hill, attended Harvard Law School and led the state Justice Department’s Consumer Protection Division for eight years.
Among Republicans, Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson is already running for attorney general. Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill has formed a campaign committee.
As of June 30, 2015, Stein’s campaign committee had more than $1.1 million cash-on-hand., the campaign said.