Former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican nominee for North Carolina governor, spoke up over the weekend in defense of the state’s cities and towns. Specifically, he said he disagreed with the General Assembly’s decision last session to eliminate local control over tree-cutting decisions around billboards.
McCrory appeared at a forum in Wilmington with Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Asked to differentiate himself from state legislators, McCrory mentioned the billboard legislation passed in 2011.
“I also disagreed with some of the legislation which took away power from local governments, especially with regard to billboard legislation,” McCrory said. “I didn’t think it was right to take away that local power.”