As I've written recently, I am having trouble getting excited by the Gubernatorial election, so I'm staying as neutral as possible. I expect to do the same thing with the Lt. Governor's race, however, it's possible I'll jump on someone's ship should the right pitch be made. So, this is your chance, not just to pitch to me, but to the entire BlueNC community.
Who do you support?
What difference do you see your favorite candidate making in the future of North Carolina as Lt. Governor?
The candidates below the fold.
Dan was born and grew up in Hickory, a small piedmont city whose growth and development moved it from a late nineteenth-century trading center on the Western North Carolina Railroad to a thriving twentieth-century manufacturing center for furniture, hosiery, and textiles.
He graduated from Hickory High in 1973, and then continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his undergraduate degree in 1977 and his law degree in 1980.
While studying at the university he met his future wife, Kay House, who is a native of Marion in the foothills of Western Central North Carolina.
After a stay in Greensboro, Dan and Kay spent a decade working in New Bern and Lumberton in the eastern part of the state. In 1993, they returned west to Winston-Salem, which they have made their home ever since.
Growing up in Rutherford County, Walter was a leader. A popular student who did well in school, he quarterbacked his high school football team. His good grades and leadership qualities led him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving a degree in Business Administration, Walter went to work in banking. He later returned to Chapel Hill to earn a law degree.
In 1971, Walter married his high school sweetheart, Lucille. Wedding photo Thirty-five years and two children later, they are still an inseparable partnership. Like their parents before them, Walter and Lucille raised their children, Brian and Elizabeth, in Rutherford County.
Walter built a successful law practice and, following the example set by his father, he and Lucille became deeply involved in their community. He became lay speaker in the Methodist church, a Cub Scout leader and served as board chair of the local community college. Lucille, a former teacher, led the family into politics when she won a seat on the school board. In 1998 she was named North Carolina's school board member of the year, winning the Raleigh Dingman award.
Hamp Dellinger (BTW, his site is much, much improved)
Hampton went from North Carolina's public schools to a public university and then to Yale Law School. In top posts in the Governor's Office (Chief Legal Counsel) and the Department of Justice (Deputy Attorney General and Special Counsel), Hampton promoted public safety, public health and public integrity. He has also challenged governmental decisions that waste taxpayers’ money or imperil the clean air, safe water, and scenic beauty that is every North Carolinian’s birthright.
Hampton and his wife, Jolynn, were married in Asheville in 1994. They now live in Durham with their two children, Jackson and Austen Grace.
For generations, the Dellinger family has been devoted to North Carolina and service to others.
When devastating hurricane floods struck his hometown in 2004, Mayor Pat Smathers had two options: Rebuild or build better.
Smathers, a problem solving Democrat, chose the latter, partnering with fellow community leaders and state government to strengthen the mountain town his family has called home for eight generations.
As mayor, school board attorney and former champion high school and college athlete, Smathers has learned what small towns expect of their leaders: A dedication to success. A willingness to work hard. And the resourcefulness to create solutions that work for everyone.
“It’s time to fulfill those expectations at the state level,” says Smathers, a husband, father of two and retired lieutenant colonel in the National Guard. “North Carolinians deserve a leader who will meet our state’s challenges with openness, optimism and invested innovations. As lieutenant governor, I will honor those hometown values we all share.”
I believe that is all the declared candidates, right?
Tell me who you like and why, please.