- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says he believes North Carolina voters should re-elect him next year because Republicans like himself have carried out what they vowed on the campaign trail they would accomplish.

Forest filed his candidacy notice Monday at the State Board of Elections in Raleigh, accompanied by his wife and some aides. Forest is an architect who became the second-ranking elected official in the executive branch by defeating Democrat Linda Coleman by about 7,000 votes in 2012.

Coleman wants a rematch and already turned in candidacy papers last week on the filing period’s first day. At least three other Democrats are expected to file for the nomination - Holly Jones, Ron Newton and Robert Wilson.

Forest’s campaign kickoff rally was scheduled for Monday night in Greensboro.

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