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Police group endorses Stein over Newton

North Carolina’s largest law enforcement association has endorsed former state senator Josh Stein for attorney general.

The Police Benevolent Association made the endorsement over Republican challenger Sen. Buck Newton. The group cited Stein’s background in consumer protection and criminal justice, as both a senator and formerly a senior deputy attorney general.

"Josh Stein has a strong record of making our communities safer and of standing up for law enforcement,” President Randy Byrd said in a statement released Friday. “The North Carolina PBA is proud to put our support behind Josh and to help elect him as our next attorney general. A vote for Josh is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve."

The PBA has scheduled a formal announcement at a hotel in Morrisville on Monday.

The association recently held a series of candidate interviews for various offices, Byrd said.