If elected what are your top three priorities?
- Creating jobs. With more than 1 million North Carolinians out of a job, we need to quickly get our state back to work and repair the damage to our economy. This is more important than just subsistence: So many of society’s ills can be cured by a good job. We need to make sure that all parts of our state have the infrastructure needed to land job opportunities and that people have the training and skills needed to fill them. We also need to ensure we have a suitable vision for North Carolina to lead the way to opportunity.
- Putting students first. For too long, our education system has prioritized the system over the student. Parents know best what classroom setting works for their child, and we must protect school choice options so all students have access to a good education regardless of ZIP code.
- Protecting law and order. The government’s first priority should be the security of the people. We are watching murder rates climb in our major metropolitan areas. We must keep violent criminals off our streets and behind bars where they belong.
What experience do you have that qualifies you for the position?
For the past seven years, I’ve served as your Lieutenant Governor, gaining a first-hand look at the challenges and opportunities faced by our state. Before running for that office, I spent two decades as an architect and businessman, ultimately becoming an office president and senior partner in the state’s largest architecture firm. I quickly found that the skills I built in my career — casting a vision, laying out a plan and building a team — could be put to good use in government.
As Lieutenant Governor, I have always made it my policy to lead through influence. Leadership is hard work, and influence comes through building trust. I have spent the last seven years building trust with members of the General Assembly. That’s why I have a strong track record of championing bills with significant bipartisan support such as protecting free speech on college campuses, providing stiffer penalties for human trafficking, supporting the Small Business Healthcare Act, and endorsing Burt’s Law to help protect those who have experienced abuse in group homes.
Why have you decided to run for office?
I’m running for Governor because we have a leadership crisis in North Carolina. Our state needs a new vision, the right plan and a strong team to restore honest and competent leadership to our state. As a businessman, I believe I have the skills to right the ship.
Please provide a couple of sentences about your personal life.
I am a husband and a father of four. My wife Alice and I live in Wake County. I’m the founder and former president of the faith-based Triangle Leadership Forum and a regular volunteer at the Durham Rescue Mission.
What is your website address?
Dan Forest for Governor