GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – This election season, 9 is On Your Side keeping you informed about candidates who could represent you.
This week, we introduced you to candidates vying for governor. One of those is current Attorney General Roy Cooper. With Cooper vacating his seat, four candidates are running to replace him as the state’s top lawyer. So we’re introducing you to those candidates.
Earlier this month, you voted on our website and told us you consider the top issue this election season to be how candidates would spend your tax dollars. So we’re looking at where the candidates stand on this issue.
Democrat Josh Stein is the Senior Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection in the N.C. Department of Justice.
“I will be protecting their interests when there are big companies trying to scam them. But I’ll also be looking out for the taxpayer dollars by fighting against fraud artists who are taking medicaid dollars,” Stein said.
Democrat Marcus Williams is a lawyer practicing in Lumberton.
“When there is a thought among the leadership of the General Assembly that we need to go to a consumption based tax system, I think that should be challenged,” Williams said.
Republican Buck Newton is a senator in the General Assembly.
“The state right now is spending millions of dollars on private attorneys to do Roy Cooper’s job. That will change,” Newton said.
Jim O’Neill is the Forsyth County District Attorney. According to the Charlotte Observer, O’Neill also stands against Cooper’s moves as Attorney General. O’Neill says under his leadership, the state will not have to spend money on outside attorneys to defend laws.