Dan Forest

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Dan Forest
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Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
From: January 7, 2013 – present
Governor Pat McCrory (2013 – 2017)
Roy Cooper (2017 – present)
Predecessor Walter Dalton
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Alice Forest
Religion Christian

Dan Forest is an architect and the current strongly conservative lieutenant governor of North Carolina, having been elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He is currently running for governor in 2020 to unseat the incumbent left-wing officeholder of the position, Roy Cooper.

Early life and education

Dan Forest was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. His mother was the conservative U.S. representative Sue Myrick who represented North Carolina's 9th district from 1995 to 2013. Forest graduated from the University of North Carolina, obtaining a bachelor's and master's degree in architecture. He was later a senior partner in Charlotte at an architectural firm.

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

2012 election

Despite not having previously held any political office, Forest ran for lieutenant governor in 2012, and won the general election over Democrat Linda Coleman by less than half of one percent of the vote.[1] Concurrent with Forest's election was the gubernatorial election that year, where Republican Pat McCrory won by over 10% of the votes casted.[2] It is important to note that under North Carolina law, gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial elections are separate.

2016 election

Facing Linda Coleman again in his re-election efforts, Forest handily won the lieutenant gubernatorial election by a greater margin of 6.6% of the vote this time, although Pat McCrory lost to leftist then-attorney general Roy Cooper by a margin of less than 1%.[3]

Tenure

H.B.2

After Governor Pat McCrory had signed H.B.2 into law to restrict public bathroom use to biological sex,[4] a nationwide left-wing outrage followed, with many liberal states such as California prohibiting state travel to North Carolina over the legislation.[5] Lt. Gov. Forest firmly supported the measure,[6] correctly pointing out that transgenderism is merely a feeling and not biological factuality.[7] However, despite opposition from Forest and many conservative Republicans,[8] H.B.2 was partially repealed on March 30, 2017, with the bathroom use restriction portion removed.[9] Forest had previously correctly pointed out on March 6, 2017 that despite the economic backlash following the bill, North Carolina's annual GDP had only fallen by 0.1%.[10]

Coronavirus handling

Forest entered a dispute with the left-wing governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper after the latter announced in mid-March 2020 that an executive order would be enacted to prohibit dining in at restaurants over the coronavirus outbreak.[11] Lt. Gov. Forest challenged the legality of Cooper's planned orders, asserting that the Council of State had not concurred with it, in addition to the fact that it would cause economic devastation.

2020 North Carolina gubernatorial election

Forest is currently running for governor of North Carolina to unseat incumbent Roy Cooper, with both having won their respective party primaries.[12] In the Republican primary, Forest easily defeated Holly Grange, a candidate reported in May 2019 to be backed by RINO Thom Tillis and the GOP establishment.[13] His run is endorsed by President Trump and Mark Meadows.[14][15] Also endorsing Forest are the Family Research Council, Grass Roots North Carolina, North Carolina Values Coalition, and the Susan B. Anthony List.[16]

Political positions

A thorough conservative, Forest is pro-life, pro-gun rights, and a proponent of school choice.[17]

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