The following is an excerpt from both The News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer.
By: The Editorial Board
The Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina doesn’t have much power, but that doesn’t stop candidates from lining up every four years for a job that’s seen as a pathway toward the governor’s office. In 2020, 15 candidates are running to replace Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is favored heavily to win the Republican primary for governor and face Gov. Roy Cooper in November.
In the Democratic primary, three candidates stand out: N.C. Reps Yvonne Lewis Holley of Wake County and Chaz Beasley of Mecklenburg, and N.C. Sen. Terry Van Duyn of Buncombe. Lewis Holley, in her fourth term in the House, would bring an emphasis on poverty and family instability to the Lt. Governor’s office. Beasley, in his second term, is a sharp young lawmaker whose accomplishments include a sexual assault reform bill that passed the House in 2019.
The best fit for the Lt. Gov role, however, is Van Duyn. In only her third term, she’s quickly earned the respect of Senate colleagues, and as the former Democratic Whip she’s uniquely qualified to rally support for Cooper’s agenda if he is re-elected. We recommend her in the Democratic primary.