Special to the Tribune
Raleigh – State Senator Terry Van Duyn, who has represented District 49 of Buncombe County in the state legislature for the last few years has recently filed paperwork with the North Carolina Board of Elections to try and become North Carolina’s 35th Lieutenant Governor.
“I am running to bridge the gaps that so many North Carolinians face.” said Senator Van Duyn in a press release. “As Lieutenant Governor, I will work with Governor Cooper to make education our state’s top priority, I will cast the tie-breaking vote to expand Medicaid to over 500,000 North Carolinians who can’t afford to go to the doctor, and I will continue our fight to protect women’s access to healthcare from Murphy to Manteo.”
Senator Van Duyn concluded, “As we begin this journey, I also want to take the time to thank everyone who has supported me leading up to this point. I could not have served effectively over the last six years in the State Senate or run for statewide office if it was not for my family, friends and supporters.”
As the former Democratic Whip, Senator Van Duyn is the only candidate to have filed for the office who has served in the State Senate, the body in which the Lieutenant Governor serves as President, and to have leadership experience in the Democratic Caucus.
Senator Van Duyn enters the race having raised more money than any other candidate for Lieutenant Governor and having more cash on hand than all announced Democratic Primary Candidates combined, as of the latest financial disclosures.