The Republican primary field for governor continues to become more crowded.
Jim Mahan, 73, who owns a real estate company, American Group in Denver, N.C., planned to filed to the Republican nomination.
Mahan said he would campaign on the platform of returning prayer to the public school, restoring full employment, promoting the housing/real estate industry, run a health campaign to encourage people to lose weight, and increase teacher pay to make it the national leader.
Mahan said he planned to run a positive campaign, that will avoid negative campaigning. He is a former class president at East Carolina University and a former college and tennis player at Lees McRae College. He is also a former school teacher.
He is the fifth candidate in the GOP primary. The others are former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, James Harney of Fayetteville, Paul Wright, a Wayne County attorney, and Charles Kenneth Moss of Randleman.