- Associated Press - Monday, December 10, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina state senator wants to become the next lieutenant governor.

Democratic Sen. Terry Van Duyn (dine) of Asheville announced her campaign plans in a social media post Monday.

Van Duyn is a retired computer systems analyst who succeeded Sen. Martin Nesbitt after he died in 2014. She is currently the Senate Democratic whip.

Van Duyn says she’s running in 2020 because Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper “needs a strong ally in his fight for working families.” Cooper is expected to seek re-election that year, too.

Former Davidson County Sen. Cal Cunningham announced two weeks ago that he is preparing his own Democratic bid for lieutenant governor.

The current lieutenant governor, Republican Dan Forest, is term-limited and is planning a gubernatorial run.

Governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately.

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