GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Orange County Rep. Bill Faison spent months traveling North Carolina promoting his own job-creation plan and scrutinizing what he called fellow Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's inactivity before he announced he was running for governor.
Now he's in the race, and Perdue is out. But Faison is keeping to a similar travel format to win votes in the May 8 primary. He's talking about his jobs plan every chance he can and hoping personal interaction with voters will reap electoral rewards.
The 65-year-old attorney is betting his performance in televised debates in April will separate him from primary rivals Walter Dalton and Bob Etheridge. He also believes his jobs plan -- the crux of which is a higher sales tax -- and his opposition to fracking will differentiate him.