NC Schools Superintendent Running For Lieutenant Governor

Nov 12, 2019

RALEIGH — North Carolina's state schools superintendent has decided he'll run for lieutenant governor next year, instead of seeking reelection.

Mark Johnson is seen in Charlotte in a 2018 file photo.
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Republican Mark Johnson announced on Tuesday he wants a different office than superintendent of public instruction, which he won in 2016.

Johnson had hinted that he was considering an executive branch position. Now he'll join a crowded March GOP primary field with at least six other announced candidates.

Power to the superintendent's position actually increased during Johnson's term after a 2016 law shifted responsibilities away from the state education board. And Johnson has certainly raised the profile of the superintendent's post.

But Johnson said in a release that he's received pushback from establishment Republicans and Democrats and bureaucrats. He says citizens deserve someone committed to more accountable, efficient and transparent state government.