What do we know about Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton?

Anyone have any intel on Dalton's politics, history, background, etc.?


Dalton's email announcement

As I travel across our state as Lieutenant Governor talking with people, I hear a lot of concerns and I realize people are frustrated. I understand that what they want is an opportunity to work and provide for their families. However, I have seen up close their determination and their hope for a brighter future.

I am asking you to join me now in equal determination to move our state forward. A brighter future depends on creating jobs and maintaining our historic commitment to quality education. After all, education is in North Carolina’s DNA – from the first public university, to the best community college system, to innovations in our public schools and investments in early childhood education. Education is what builds a stronger economy and better opportunities for future generations.

But North Carolina can’t move forward if we are pointed in the wrong direction. Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are putting our state on the wrong path by cutting teachers, reducing scholarships and abandoning economic development. They are doing lasting damage to our state. They are wrong.

Stand with me against Pat McCrory and the GOP's anti-education agenda that is putting North Carolina's future in peril.

Together we can change the course. I’ve dedicated my career to improving education at all levels and making North Carolina a great place to do business. I have led efforts to pair businesses and schools to prepare our future workforce and I’ve fought to fund training programs for displaced workers. Because of Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership, education – and our future economy – are under attack.

That's why I announced yesterday that I am running to be your next Governor and I need your support. We need to get North Carolina back on the right track, toward a future with better jobs, a stronger economy, and a recommitment to quality education.

Lucille and I love this state and we understand tough political races. I am the only candidate who has run and won statewide and I look forward to waging an aggressive campaign. Elections are not easy but this race is important. As a state we must decide the direction in which we will turn. With this campaign , I choose to look ahead to a brighter future. I choose progress. I choose a future where public education is the foundation of our economy. Please join us in this fight.


Walter Dalton

That didn't take long

I long ago got over the illusion that this sort of thing unfolds based on good, old-fashioned democratic principles. There's an inner circle and there's everyone else, and never the twain shall meet.

That said, it'll be interesting trying to get to the bottom of Dalton's positions. The most common response to any Dalton question so far has been, "Who?" ... followed by "Oh. That guy. Don't know anything about him."

It'll be interesting to see if Heath Shuler is still chomping at the bit.

Dalton will vote AGAINST Amendment One

Grabbed from a Facebook post:

Lt. Governor Walter Dalton just told a television reporter that he will vote against Amendment One on May 8. We hope that the other Gubernatorial candidates that will announce in the days ahead will join him.

Glad to see this

Pat McCrory is betting his political career that North Carolina shares his philosophy of discriminating against gays and lesbians. Dalton has thrown down the gauntlet.

Game on.

Sounds good so far...

tell me more.

My trouble is that I know very little about any of these (potential) candidates. I recognize a few names here and there (Miller, Dalton, Cunningham, Harrison) but that's about all I know.

I'll be making a concerted effort this year to come up to speed on state and local elections, but at this point I feel about a ignorant as a newborn child.

Sad, I know.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Dalton is from the western Piedmont

He held a Senate seat for 10 years in a GOP-leaning district until he ran for Lt Gov.

In the 2008 Lt Gov primary he easily won a plurality in the first round of voting in a multi-candidate field. He then beat another Senator (Bob Pittenger from the Charlotte area) in the 2008 general.

Democrats would be wise to note the geographic politics at play. Many analysts noted after the 2008 general that Perdue's negative attacks on McCrory as a Charlottean that wanted to make Eastern NC into a Yankee landfill (hit google for those ads) offset her weak showing elsewhere.

Dalton will certainly get crossover votes based on geography alone.


I've heard Dalton speak a few times at county conventions.

When I heard him speak, he surprised me the first time. He has rhetorical skills and passion on the stump. I didn't know him, but he clearly understood the issues that I considered most important.

  • He knew the budget numbers.
  • He knew how to talk about them in a way that evaporated GOP rhetoric.
  • He communicated dry facts in easy to grasp, understandable, list-like fashion.
  • He had fire in his belly, so to speak.

I never came away with any feeling other than, "hmm. I LIKE that guy."

With his statement that he'll be voting No on Amendment 1, honestly, the only other person I'd support over Dalton at this point is Miller.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


I've never heard him speak, but your say so goes a long way with me. I'll have to give him a second look. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Brad Miller, but strongly doubt he would be able to beat McCrory. The possibility that Erskine Bowles will step up to the plate is heartening. In another four years I hope to see Janet Cowell do the same.

I've met him and like him.

Smart guy...very well spoken...lovely family. I think he would do a great job.

Stan Bozarth

Walter Dalton

Having Walter as a governor would be a win/win for Rutherford County. First he is an honorable man who has served the state of NC for a long time. Secondly, Rutherford County would fall in and support him heavily which would make it easier to vote in a new NC Representative to replace a very dangerous, out-of-control Tea Partier... Mike Hager.

Good to see that little

Good to see that little matters about his record/background/beliefs except that he's a Dem, pro gay rights, and from the eastern part of the state! Try finding out anything else out about where this guy stands...good luck. THAT kind of vetting is how we were stuck with Perdue!
Also, since WEN did dis state become the edukashun state? I think that you might want to be in at least the top 39 before you start talking that drivel!

I see we have a proliferation of anonymice

WHEN did we become the "Education State?" I think we're talking about several decades back. How on earth could anyone who considers himself well versed enough to contribute to a political blog be unaware of that? HOW?

The only thing I have wrong

The only thing I have wrong is that Dalton is from the WESTERN part of the state. We spend a TON on education, including having an "education" lottery and we are still among the worst in the country in nearly every category of performance and measurement in our k-12's. In any event, Bev ran on education as the most important thing in her agenda, and now Dalton starts off with the same BS. OUR money is being spent at an astonishing rate with dreadful results! Good men doing nothing is almost as bad as the same men doing the wrong things knowingly! I know that this is a blue site, but common sense better start prevailing over colors in every category in this country or we're all sunk! Like it or not, that's just a fact.

If we spend a TON...

...how would you characterize the spending of 48 other states who spend MORE than NC on education?


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Regarding teacher evaluation

Regarding teacher evaluation you obviously don't have a clue. Teachers have always been evaluated in one form or another. I will receive four formal observations this year. I will also conduct a peer observation. Of course just to become a certified teacher one must not only earn an education degree and pass both content specific and general education exams we must earn credits to maintain that certification. Then there is graduate school and board certification that many teachers pursue. At least know what you are talking about before you spout off.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

We're 49th in spending...

So how do you come up with a statement like "If the results are better for states that spend less per student, then I'd call it money well saved"?


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

I'm none of the above

If that perspective makes sense to you, you are either a teacher, an adminstrator, or a union leader in the field.

I'm none of the above. I am a parent of two children who successfully completed public schools in NC, with one a graduate of one of our fine UNC member institutions, and another a student at one after finishing an associate degree at one of our fine community colleges.

I'm concerned that with the cutbacks in education put in place by the Radical Republicans, this year's high school graduates won't have the opportunity my kids had to continue their education.

And one more thing -- there is no teacher union in North Carolina.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Voting against the amendment does not alone equal pro-equality

There are plenty of reasons one could vote against the amendment and still be opposed to equality. For example, that's what Governor Perdue is doing, while still maintaining that my marriage is wrong.

Does anyone know where he stands on marriage equality?


Pretty much nailed it

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Dalton sponsored marriage discrim amendment in past


But Dalton did express regret that as a senator in 2005 he co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions. He said he would vote against the May referendum to put marriage between one man and one woman into the state constitution. "To be truthful, when I sponsored that bill, I was in a district at that time that very much wanted the opportunity to vote," he said. "The more i have examined this ... it is not the right process to mess with the constitution like that. ... Perhaps I was wrong back then."

Given this history, I need to hear him explicitly say he now supports marriage equality.

I don't guess he will

Hope I'm wrong, but I don't see it.

Wow another Democrat for

Wow another Democrat for raising regressive taxes........another corporatist?

ambition or principle?

Lt. Gov. Dalton served as my state senator for years.

To local residents, he presented himself as an opponent of abortion and was endorsed by North Carolina Right to Life about eight years ago. Then he flip-flopped and secured the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America in time for the lt. governor's race. Ambition, or a change in principle?

He was a supporter of an amendment to ban same-sex marriage; during his race against Westmoreland in 2006, I received a call from the Dalton campaign insisting he was an opponent of same-sex marriage. Yesterday, I saw in the Charlotte Observer that he flip-flopped. Ambition, or a change in principle?

One thing he is very principled on is the Cliffside plant, which he ardently supported when speaking in the area. But I wouldn't be surprised if he changes his tune depending on his audience.