Buncombe Co. commissioner wants to be lieutenant gov
By GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones is running for lieutenant governor in 2016.
The Democrat wants to replace Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is seeking re-election. She would first have to compete for the Democratic nomination. 2012 nominee Linda Coleman is among those running again.
The 53-year-old Jones previously served on the Asheville City Council. She says if elected she’d serve as a counterweight to the North Carolina legislature’s conservative agenda, in particular on its interference in local government affairs.
Jones says being a seasoned elected local official with accomplishments would bring a “breath of fresh air” in Raleigh.
The primary would be next May.
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