GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The union representing tens of thousands of North Carolina state employees helped carry Linda Coleman to victory in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, thanks in part to nearly $400,000 in spending on her behalf.
Now the State Employees Association of North Carolina and its national parent union look poised to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more in her general election race against Republican Dan Forest. Coleman is a long-time state employee who endeared herself to association members when she served in the Legislature.
Forest asks whether Coleman will be beholden to the unions if she's elected. Coleman says she's her own person and hasn't always seen eye-to-eye the state union.
The unions are barred by law from coordinating their activities with Coleman.
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