RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Governor-elect Roy Cooper says he can’t wait to take office in just a few short weeks.
For the first time since Governor Pat McCrory conceded the election, Cooper spoke one-on-one with CBS North Carolina.
During the interview, the governor-elect shared his vision for the future.
In public education, he wants to see Democrats and Republicans working together.
“I know there are a lot of Republicans who believe in public education and I know that many of them want to increase our educators’ salaries,” Cooper said.
And then there’s House Bill 2.
“It’s clear that it’s hurting our economy. Even people who support the legislation, you have to acknowledge that,” Cooper said.
Throughout the campaign, Cooper called the law discriminatory, saying it should be repealed.
He still wants to see it repealed, but knows there is a challenge ahead in the Republican-led General Assembly.
The General Assembly passed the law following Charlotte’s passage of a non-discrimination ordinance in February allowing transgender people to use the restroom that matches their gender identity.
In September, there was some talk that House Bill 2 could be repealed if Charlotte repealed its ordinance.
“You’ve got to make sure that any agreement works. You’ve got to make sure that the businesses are going to come back,” Cooper said.
“It would be bad if it looked like North Carolina was retreating even further,” Cooper added. “I want to remove discrimination from our law.”
Cooper believes he and the General Assembly will work together focusing on job creation in North Carolina.
“I’m going to be courting businesses across the world,” Cooper said.
Cooper says he also believes that he and the General Assembly will work together in the area of renewable energy.
But, he says it’s very important for both sides to roll up their sleeves and find common ground on key issues.