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Four Seek GOP Nomination For Lt. Governor

Four Republicans hope to do with the office of Lieutenant Governor what their party did for both houses of the General Assembly two years ago: take it away from the Democrats. Gurnal Scott reports as part of our series on the primary election campaigns.

Gurnal Scott: Many who don't regularly follow politics may wonder how important the job of Lieutenant Governor is. Four GOP candidates say they can make a difference in it. Forsyth County'sDale Folwell has risen to second-in-command in the state House. He says it's given him insight into what he says needs fixing.

Dale Folwell: To truly reform state government, it's going to be by reforming the agencies and not necessarily through new laws. Everything that we do to reform state government benefits the businesses and the people of this state.

Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley brings political experience to the race, but also small business experience. He is a pharmacist by trade and still owns a pharmacy today.

Tony Gurley: Many people tell me that they will never vote for another elected official that has not signed the front side of a paycheck. That hit home with me. That's where government needs to help.

Education is also important for the Lieutenant Governor. The post holds seats on the state boards of Education and community colleges. Two-term state representative Grey Mills from Iredell County is telling voters he's tailor made for that role as a former teacher.

Grey Mills: What I would like to see is more technology in the classroom. What I think we need to train our student for is the future..and not the past.

Raleigh architect Dan Forest has never held public office..but knows about constituent service. He's had a front-row seat watching his mother retiring Charlotte congresswoman Sue Myrick.

Dan Forest: There's a vast difference between public servants and politicians and I'm very proud of the way that she has led by example in the state of North Carolina and I would love to bring that same mentality to the lieutenant governor's office.

The candidates still have much work to do though. A recent poll shows more than 60 percent of likely GOP voters don't know who they'll support, with less than a month to the primary.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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