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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — The former mayor of a North Carolina town says she’s running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2020.

Deborah Cochran is a Winston-Salem high school teacher who was mayor of Mount Airy for more than five years until 2015. Cochran told The Mount Airy News that co-workers encouraged her to run. She says economic development, job creation and mental health and substance abuse prevention would be on her agenda if elected.

Cochran also was a Mount Airy radio personality for 35 years and aerobics instructor at the region’s community college.

The state Constitution prevents current second-term GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Forest from running again. Forest is expected to run for governor.

Cochran says she’ll set up campaign paperwork over the next week or so.


Information from: Mount Airy News,