Three Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor are offering similar policy visions for North Carolina.
Winston-Salem city councilman Dan Besse, Durham attorney Hampton
Dellinger and Canton Mayor Pat Smathers participated in a forum
Thursday night in Winston-Salem
The candidates said they support a death penalty moratorium and
agree that same-sex couples should be permitted to enter civil
unions. They said reducing the school dropout rate also a priority.
Besse and Smathers questioned Dellinger's background, saying the
former aide to Governor Mike Easley has never held an elected
office. Besse and Dellinger also clashed over fundraising
State Senator Walter Dalton, another Democratic candidate,
didn't attend the debate.
Current Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue is running for