The November election is coming up, so The Daily Tar Heel is breaking down every state and local office on the ballot from governor to county commissioner. Here we broke down who the candidates are for North Carolina attorney general.
North Carolina voters will have two candidates on their ballot for North Carolina attorney general come November: incumbent Democrat Josh Stein and Republican Jim O’Neill.
Stein, a Chapel Hill native, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He served in the N.C. Senate from 2009 to 2016.
In the 2016 general election, Stein won by less than one percent of the vote against his opponent, Republican Buck Newton.
O’Neill is serving his third term as Forsyth County district attorney. A graduate of Duke University and New York Law School, O’Neill was appointed district attorney in 2009.
Apart from his professional duties, which focus on prosecuting violent offenders, O’Neill serves on boards for organizations including Hospice, Exchange/SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) and the Industries for the Blind and Senior Services.
In North Carolina, the attorney general represents all state government agencies, departments and commissions in legal matters, provides legal opinions to state leadership and initiates court proceedings on behalf of the state in matters of public interest.
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O’Neill did not respond to requests for an interview, so the following information is sourced from his campaign website and social media channels.