Walter Dalton: Running For Governor "Fairly Easy Decision"

By: April Davis/ Chris Jones
By: April Davis/ Chris Jones

A bombshell announcement from the governor left the number two man in Raleigh adjusting his plans for November's election.

After governor Bev Perdue announced yesterday she would not seek a second term. Lieutenant governor and fellow democrat Walter Dalton announced he's running for Perdue's job. Dalton says his decision to run was a no-brainer.

"It was a fairly easy decision for me. We were gearing up for our campaign as lieutenant governor, and I went a head and announced for governor because I believe in North Carolina. I love North Carolina," said Dalton.

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North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is all in for succeeding fellow Democrat and Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Dalton announced Thursday he'll run for governor now that Perdue announced earlier in the day she's not seeking a second term. He's a former Rutherford County senator elected in 2008 to the No. 2 position in the executive branch.

Dalton accused likely Republican nominee Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership of doing "lasting damage" to North Carolina by cutting education and overlooking economic development. He said his campaign is based on a future committed to public education.

State Rep. Bill Faison is also expected to seek the Democratic nomination, setting up a May primary. Former State Treasurer Richard Moore, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines also are considering potential bids.


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  • by Retired teacher Location: Pitt County on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    .....another LOSER!!!!!
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    Can Americans vote in democrat primaries, the way that the democrats can vote in our primaries? And, the dems would NOT DARE to demand identification of ANY kind, RIGHT?
  • by The Borg Location: Pitt County on Jan 28, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    Walter Dalton = Bev Perdue, Part Two
  • by jim on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
    God is a superstition, when you die you do not go to heaven, life is chaos.
  • by Political Observer on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:56 PM
    The NC Democratic Party needs to get behind one candidate quickly. If they wait until May to decide who will be the candidate, the Republican Party will have too much time to do "early campaigning" and will have a huge advantage going into November.
  • by anon Location: kinston on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    Go Mr. Walter Dalton ! NC needs more Democratic politiicans to counteract the bilge water spewing from the Rethugsicans in the state legislature.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    New reality so sit down and pay attention. Over the past years NC has been conservative overall and would elect a moderate if they thought they were at least moderate in their actions. Bev came into power with Obama who said he was a moderate and proved he lied about it with a smile on his face. Now, he has fallen from grace like Jimmy Carter and even the first Bush, a one term guy. NC elected republicans for the first time in our house in 130 years....you gettin that? This was due to the actions of Obama and Purdue. The Congress went republican in 2010 due to the spending control authority they have in government. The Senate didn't have enough seats available but will have that in 2012 so expect the same. So why? We have been telling you for years now and you chose to ignore it and with the last SOTU Obama gave, it will solidify an important fact. You have failed as a party to do anything that the American people want and you set our priorities aside for your rhetoric libterdial socialism. People know it and they are sick of it. So if Walter Dalton is you man, figure a waste of money and time, if Obama is your candidate, same, you had your chance to shine and again proved, our party, D, is the tax and spend party and will use any corrupt measure to do it. It will be bad year for the yellow dog democrat....So even the best D candidate, will be overlooked based on Bev and Barry in 2012. Just figure if McCroy will be the best choice in NC as he is a shoe in and Anybody but Obama will also be a shoe in.
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      by rapper on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Nonsense and humbug ! Quit your trash talking !
  • by Chris Location: Forest City on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    Although, I love eastern NC and hope to move back to Greenville soon, this is my hometown congressmen, former attorney and now Lt. Governor running for Governor. He will be a great choice. Is very approachable, knowledgeable and definitly is no Bev Perdue. He will get things done the right way without corruption. Plus it will help western NC and counties like Rutherford back in a good light.
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      by dalton supporter on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to Chris
      Well said Chris! I am from Forest City and my parents went to high school with Walter Dalton. He is a great person and cares deeply for NC. He is from rural NC and will definitely be a governor of all in NC not just those in Charlotte and Raleigh. He can also think outside the box and has been an advocate for brining new innovative businesses to rural NC...like the multi-million dollar Facebook facility in Rutherford County. I sure hope everyone will hear him out and make their decisions based on HIM not Governor Perdue.
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    Beachbum stop carrying water for the last two very corrupt Democrat administrations. Like Buzzi Stubs he's lawyer and he darned well knew he was breaking campaign election laws. Then we have, "For the children crowd." I am so sick and tired of hearing that reasoning that we need new taxes, "It's for the children." This just was to make me puke that politicians would stoop so low on either side to use kids as campaign props, and the gullible parents who believe such putrid propaganda. But Bev was good at it, she new exactly how to play the education card. The last two administrations have given us nothing but mo taxes, mo taxes and mo taxes. Felonious Mike Easley even had a monicker that he was very proud of, "Tax Hike Mike," who never met a tax he didn't like. See that is the Democrat problem. Keep throwing money at it and it's bound to get better. But guess what Beachy old boy, the State is broke, flat busted, nada dinero, the NC treasury is empty. So it cannot be business as usual with Bubba any more. If anything the good old boy network should be in prison for corruption and lack of good management. And the last two Democrat Administrations are living proof that they couldn't manage the books at a dog pound let alone a state.
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      by Ed on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to Melvin
      THANK YOU MELVIN !!!!!!!!!
  • by Beachbum3 on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    predications? Obama =new president in 2012. a clean sweep in the us. house of respresntives by the dems an they will pick up new senate seats in the us senate as well. an dalton will be elected to the office of governor in north carolina. for the people of these untied state arent totaly crazy an they would never vote to reelect these idiots in the current us house for a second time around. for they have destroyed the entire country with the outsourcing of jobs by coporate america to foreign markets an less not forget the chambers of commerces that have had a hand in it as well thank you
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