- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s running for re-election next year because his job of working to improve North Carolina’s economy and government isn’t over.

McCrory’s campaign released online and through social media Tuesday what was billed as a re-election campaign kickoff video. There’s been little doubt the former Charlotte mayor would seek another four-year term.

He’s yet to formally turn in candidacy papers. The filing period began Tuesday. McCrory’s campaign said a kickoff event was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at a Kernersville printing shop.

McCrory narrates the video. He talks about North Carolina’s high unemployment rate when he took office in 2013. He describes his administration as considering “bold action,” investing in transportation, schools and public safety and keeping more money in families’ pockets. McCrory signed laws in 2013 and 2015 cutting income tax rates and increasing standard deductions.

“I’m running for governor not because of what we’ve accomplished,” McCrory says in the video. “I’m running for governor because our comeback story isn’t over. There’s still more to do, and with your support we’ll finish the job.”

Two Democrats - Attorney General Roy Cooper and Durham lawyer Ken Spaulding - already have announced their candidacies. Allies of McCrory and Cooper have increased their political sniping at each other during 2015.

Cooper said in late 2013 he was preparing for a gubernatorial run and has criticized McCrory and other Republicans for policies they say have harmed the middle class and the poor and failed to properly fund public education.

McCrory “came to Raleigh promising moderation and reform, but he’s proven to be a secretive special interest politician whose policies have made it harder on average working families,” Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action, said in a release.

The governor has had to defend himself against ethics complaints by Brenner’s groups and how he handled prison maintenance contracts held by a company led by a friend and donor. Those formal ethics complaints were dismissed, and McCrory said the contract issue was dealt with properly.

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