- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor has an economic proposal he says will attract jobs to North Carolina.

Robert Wilson of Cary announced a seven-point agenda Tuesday that includes expanding the Wilmington state port, extending a rail line to the city and increasing agriculture research. He says keeping the corporate income tax at the current 5 percent would create a stable tax climate. Wilson also backs raising teacher salaries to the top 5 percent in the country by 2022.

Wilson is a former longtime state employee who spent much of his career in the Secretary of State’s office.

Other Democrats seeking the nomination include 2012 nominee Linda Coleman, Buncombe County commissioner Holly Jones and financial services business owner Ron Newton.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is seeking re-election.

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