Former senior deputy AG will seek office of attorney general

On Monday, Josh Stein announced he will seek the office of North Carolina Attorney General. He made the announcement as he traveled the state holding press events in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Raleigh.

Stein serves in his fourth term as state senator. Prior to being elected senator, he served as senior deputy attorney general for Consumer Protection in the North Carolina Department of Justice for eight years.

“The people of North Carolina deserve an Attorney General with the right experience and who will always put their interests first,” Stein said during his announcement.

“I am running for Attorney General to protect families across North Carolina.”

As senior deputy attorney general, Stein brought and successfully resolved major cases against predatory lenders, helped run payday lenders charging exorbitant interest rates out of North Carolina, took on utility companies to keep electricity and water rates low, shut down telemarketing scammers that targeted seniors, and worked to improve safety features on social media websites to protect kids from sexual predators.

As a senator, Stein has worked to expand the state’s DNA database to collect samples from all violent felony arrestees, enact legislation to combat identity theft and abusive real estate transactions, and champion legislation to require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving convictions

For his work in the legislature, Stein has received awards and recognition from a number of groups including the AARP of North Carolina, the Metro Mayors’ Association, the North Carolina Association of Educators, the NC Justice Center, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, and the Sierra Club. Stein’s Republican and Democratic colleagues ranked him the most effective Democratic Senator.

As of June 30, Stein’s campaign committee had more than $1.1 million cash-on-hand.

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