Cooper, Forest among latest to file for top NC positions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has filed for reelection, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is officially on board to try to unseat him next year.

Cooper and Forest are among the latest to file for statewide, federal and regional offices. Candidate filing began Monday at the State Board of Elections and in all 100 counties for hundreds of elected positions.

There were no surprises with Cooper's filing on Thursday and Forest's filing for the Republican gubernatorial nomination on Wednesday. Republican state Rep. Holly Grange also filed for governor on Monday.

So far at least five Democrats have filed for the U.S. Senate seat current held by Republican Thom Tillis, who is seeking reelection. The Democrats include former state Sen. Cal Cunningham and current Sen. Erica Smith.

Five Democrats and three Republicans are running to succeed Forest as lieutenant governor, and more candidates are expected. Looking at Congress, Kathy Manning, the 2018 Democratic nominee in the 13th District, is running this time in the 6th District. Redistricting has made the 6th more favorable for a Democrat.

Candidate filing continues through Dec. 20.