Associated Press reports state Rep. Holly Grange, R-Wilmington, has announced she will run for governor, providing a challenger to Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in the GOP primary:

Grange has served in the legislature since 2016. Her video touched on themes designed to connect with the state party’s conservative base, including immigration, abortion and gun rights.

In an interview, she downplayed differences with Forest but said it’s good for primary voters to have a choice, and ultimately her campaign is about unseating Cooper.