Under the Dome

Spaulding challenges Cooper to debates

Ken Spaulding on Thursday challenged Attorney General Roy Cooper to a series of debates leading up to the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Spaulding, a Durham attorney and former member of the legislature, is calling for four to six debates.

He said in an emailed statement that neither he nor Cooper have widespread name recognition.

“Therefore, the people deserve to be informed as to who we are and what we stand for, and which one of us can best serve the people of this state," Spaulding said.

Cooper’s campaign spokesman, Jamal Little, responded, “There will be plenty of opportunities for Democratic primary voters to meet and hear from both candidates. We look forward to a positive campaign focused on the issues like lifting the incomes of North Carolina families and helping our small businesses grow."

Cooper formally announced his candidacy this week. The primary is March 15.