Forsyth prosecutor considering run for attorney general

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Forsyth County’s top prosecutor is laying the ground work for a bid for North Carolina attorney general.

District Attorney Jim O’Neill has organized a campaign committee and had $94,000 in his campaign coffers in late July.

O’Neill told the Winston-Salem Journal on Tuesday he’s still not made an official decision but people have encouraged him to seek the Republican nomination.

Current Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is planning a run for governor in 2016.

Republican state Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson is already in the race for attorney general. Democratic Sen. Josh Stein of Raleigh is planning a run and Fayetteville attorney Tim Dunn said last year he’d likely run.

O’Neill has been Forsyth district attorney since 2009 and ran unopposed in 2010 and 2014.

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