After several years of state government scandals, both candidates for N.C. attorney general say they will push for new measures to help catch public corruption.
Voters will have to decide who is more capable of making that happen – a two-term incumbent who helped put some of those officials behind bars, or a self-described serial entrepreneur who takes pride in his problem-solving skills as a former county manager and now as head of a law firm and a real estate developer.
Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat from Nash County, is a former lawmaker who has led the office since 2001. Republican Bob Crumley of Asheboro is chairman and chief executive of a law firm with 13 Carolinas offices, and he served as Randolph's county manager five years out of law school.
Cooper is running on his record as the state's top prosecutor, and he's been busy shutting down meth labs, suing the Tennessee Valley Authority for polluting Western North Carolina's air, and looking for ways to keep sex offenders from preying on kids. Crumley launched his campaign nearly three years ago because he says Cooper has not moved fast enough to solve problems.
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