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Originally published: 2012-01-27 10:14:14
Last modified: 2012-01-27 10:20:54

Walter Dalton announces run for governor

by Staff Reports

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton announced Thursday his intention to run for the office of governor. The announcement follows NC Governor Beverly Perdue's decision not to seek re-election to a second term.
“I believe that our future economy and better jobs depend on our historic commitment to education,” Dalton said. “After all, education is in North Carolina's DNA — it's what sets us apart and it's what will determine our future. However, you can't make progress if you are pointed in the wrong direction. (Potential Republican candidate) Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are facing the wrong way by cutting teachers, reducing scholarships and abandoning economic development.
“Today, I'm announcing that I am running for governor. (My wife) 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.”
As of Friday, the bid for the governor's office could be a three-way race. Former Charlotte Mayor McCrory indicated on his website that he would soon announce his candidacy. In addition to Dalton, a possible Democrat contender is Bill Faison of Orange County. Faison has been touring the state to speak on a plan to raise taxes and hire back state employees. He told the News and Observer he would also make an announcement about his election plans.