In 2009, Stein began serving in the state Senate representing a portion of Wake County. He resigned early in March 2016 to focus on his run for attorney general.
Stein faced off against Newton, winning with 50.2% of the vote in the general election. He became the state’s 50th attorney general, succeeding Cooper, who ran for governor that year.
Meanwhile, O’Neill is in his third term as district attorney.
O’Neill was born in the Bronx but grew up on Long Island, New York. He attended Duke University and earned his law degree from New York Law School before starting in private practice.
He’s been with the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office for more than two decades. He became the county’s first assistant district attorney focused on domestic violence.
In 2009, his boss, former District Attorney Tom Keith, left a vacancy by retiring before the end of his term. Then-Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue appointed O’Neill to finish Keith’s term.
Forsyth County residents have chosen O’Neill to continue in that position every term since.
But now O’Neill is appealing to a larger audience that already knows Stein.
Stein takes on several issues
Stein made a name for himself by accomplishing more than most in his first term as attorney general.