Forsyth’s O’Neill launches campaign to succeed Cooper as AG

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney says he’s running for attorney general because he has the experience to be the state’s top prosecutor.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said Monday he plans to focus on his strengths and the issues.

One issue, he says, is fixing long delays at the state’s crime laboratory. Another is enforcing the death penalty to give closure to families of murder victims.

O’Neill is the second GOP candidate to enter the race.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, is running for governor next year, opening the post.

Two Democrats are running for Cooper’s seat.

A Republican hasn’t been elected as North Carolina’s attorney general in more than 100 years. Cooper has been state government’s highest ranking Democrat since Republican Pat McCrory became governor in 2013.

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