Gov. Beverly Perdue promised to focus on the arts.
In a page on her campaign Web site, Perdue gave a few general goals and made a few specific promises:
* Expand the Main Street program to help towns involve creative businesess and nonprofits in downtown redevelopment.
* Support a "smart, fair system" to help local arts groups recapitalize hundreds of community facilities across the state.
She also said she would protect and develop cultural heritage sites, support and expand arts education and "hear the voice of the arts community."