N.C. governor’s race: Where the candidates stand on affordable housing, climate change and other issues affecting Charlotte

N.C. governor’s race: Where the candidates stand on affordable housing, climate change and other issues affecting Charlotte

The race for North Carolina governor is one of the most-watched gubernatorial races in the country this fall. For many voters, it’ll be a referendum on the handling of the coronavirus response. Democrat Roy Cooper is running for his second term. Formerly the state’s attorney general, Governor Cooper has taken a measured approach to reopening the state’s economy. This has drawn praise from people who say it’s the best way to protect the health and safety of North Carolinians. Others have criticized his approach as harmful for the economy. Looking to oust Cooper is Republican Dan Forest , the state’s lieutenant governor since 2013. Forest, an architect and conservative defender of gun rights, has been skeptical about the effectiveness of masks. He has criticized Cooper’s handling of the pandemic, and has vowed to reopen all schools without a mask mandate if he’s elected. During the pandemic, the role of governor of North Carolina has been elevated to a position that affects our day-to-day lives. Cooper’s administration made the call to mandate masks statewide, for instance, and to keep bars and gyms closed over the summer. Cooper maintains a polling edge over Forest. Most North Carolinians are hesitant to embrace a full-fledged reopening, as states like South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida have done, says Michael Bitzer, a professor of politics at Catawba College. “Forest has been trying to make this a referendum on Cooper,” Bitzer says. “The problem is, a majority of North Carolina is supportive of the approach Cooper […]

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