The 2016 race for lieutenant governor could be a rematch: Democrat Linda Coleman announced Wednesday that she’ll seek the job again.
Coleman, a former N.C. House member and state personnel director, narrowly lost the 2012 election to Republican Dan Forest. Forest is expected to seek a second term.
“The Republican majority running things in Raleigh continues to unravel so much of what built our great state, and all the while they’ve had a cheering partner in our lieutenant governor,” Coleman says on her campaign website. “It’s time for a different approach.”
Coleman lost in 2012 by about 6,800 votes. It was close enough to request a recount, but the Democrat chose not to seek one.
Coleman’s announcement comes as Forest makes news this week for launching his “I Support Teachers” license plate, which raises money for teacher raises. Some Democrats have criticized the program as an inadequate way to fund education.