STAR, N.C. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson has started his bid to become North Carolina’s next attorney general.
Newton announced his candidacy Monday. He planned to kick off his 2016 campaign with a breakfast in the Montgomery County town of Star – the state’s geographical center. Newton also scheduled stops later in the day in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, New Bern and Wilmington.
The 46-year-old Newton is a lawyer first elected to the Senate in 2010. Newton says if elected he’ll protect North Carolina’s citizens from things like scam artists and the overreach of the federal government.
Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is preparing a campaign for governor next year.
Newton’s Senate colleague Josh Stein of Raleigh is considering a run for the Democratic attorney general’s nomination.
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