RALEIGH – While Governor Roy Cooper has spent his summer holding budgets hostage to Democrats’ Big Government dreams and whining about veto overrides, his likely 2020 Republican challenger is building plans to keep North Carolina on the trajectory conservatives set it upon earlier this decade. Specifically, the 2020 gubernatorial campaign of current Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, announced plans Wednesday to make the Old North State the most military-friendly state in the nation.
The plan is Forest’s first major policy announcement in his 2020 campaign for governor.
“Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who sacrifice to defend our freedoms. In a day and age when we long for heroes, these are our real heroes,” Forest said in a press release. “But sometimes, by the way they are treated, they don’t feel like heroes. Our state’s lack of attention in some key areas has damaged its reputation among the military.”
The campaign said under a Forest administration, North Carolina will address these shortcomings, focusing on three key areas:
1) Supporting military families. Forest’s policy calls for helping children of active-duty soldiers access high-quality education no matter when their families arrive in North Carolina.
2) Transitioning to civilian life. Forest’s policy demonstrates North Carolina’s commitment to welcoming servicemembers to the state as they exit active duty.
3) Building careers in North Carolina. Forest’s policy would build new pathways for veterans to careers in law enforcement and high-demand occupations.
You can read the full plan here. As a state with a significant military footprint and, moreover, as patriotic state whose people recognize the value offered and sacrifices made by our brave men and women in the military, ensuring we support military families the way they deserve and retaining their value to communities across North Carolina is a must.
As Forest builds out his policy platform with different planks the voters of North Carolina will begin to see a clear distinction emerge between his conservative, prosperity-oriented solutions and Roy Cooper’s tired Leftist talking points.