RALEIGH — Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-08) officially filed his paperwork to run for North Carolina attorney general on Friday, Dec. 8.
Bishop filed alongside multiple state district attorneys, including Mike Hardin (Hoke/Moore), Andy Gregson (Randolph), and Suzanne Matthews (Harnett/Lee).
Gregson has been in office since 2017. Hardin and Matthews are both running for a second terms.
“I’m going to pursue this office to restore a culture of law and order,” Bishop told North State Journal after filing his candidacy paperwork. “Americans across the country and people in North Carolina are fearful, they’re angry, they’re dismayed by this growing sense of disarray and disorder, certainly most prominently in the criminal law area, but also in other areas as they see sort of an erosion of institutions – or the sort of co-opting of institutions -that cause them to do things that are contrary to law and order.”
In speaking with North State Journal, Gregson, Hardin and Matthews all backed Bishop for attorney general and expressly came to file their candidacy paperwork alongside Bishop to underscore their support of his candidacy.
The district attorneys each also expressed that they believe Bishop is the right man for the job.
“I’m excited that we have a candidate that has fidelity to the law and, we had a conversation before, and I believe that things are going to change in this state,” said Gregson.
“I’m also here with Dan Bishop… you know, we could have chosen any day this week or next week to file and I wanted to be here with Dan to celebrate the fact that we finally have a Republican running for attorney general that I think can win,” Hardin said.
Matthews echoed the sentiments of Gregson and Hardin about choosing to file alongside Bishop, adding that was “because we know that when he’s attorney general, we will have a friend in the attorney general.”
In an upcoming article read about what Bishop and the three district attorneys had to say about the North Carolina attorney general race, issues with the office’s current occupant Democrat Josh Stein, and the changes they all believe need to happen.