Baker's dozen seek to succeed Perdue as governor

Posted February 29, 2012

— Thirteen candidates filed paperwork to enter the gubernatorial race as the candidate filing period closed at noon Wednesday.

Former 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge submitted his paperwork to the State Board of Elections on Wednesday morning, becoming the last Democratic candidate to file for governor.

He joins Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, Orange County Rep. Bill Faison, retired doctor Bruce Blackmon, sales manager Gary Dunn and retired auditor Gardenia Henley on the Democratic primary ballot.

On the Republican side, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, who lost the 2008 gubernatorial election, joins Fayetteville businessman Jim Harney, Greensboro businessman Scott Jones, Lincoln County real estate agent Jim Mahan, Charles Kenneth Moss and former judge Paul Wright.

Former Libertarian Party Chairwoman Barbara Howe, who ran for governor in 2000 and 2004, will also be part of the race to succeed Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Perdue announced last month that she wouldn't seek a second term, choosing instead to focus on lobbying for more state funding for public schools and higher education.

The three top Democratic candidates were already staking out their positions on Wednesday.

"I cannot allow the people who are temporarily in charge of our state legislature and those who support and applaud their actions to put our children and our grandchildren and the future of this entire state at risk," Etheridge said.

Dalton called education and economic development the key issues in the election.

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, former Congressman Bob Etheridge and State Representative Bill Faison Gubernatorial candidates start staking out turf

"We should be focused on where North Carolina is right now," he said. "I want to move North Carolina forward, and it's hard to move forward when you're pointed in the wrong direction."

Faison called his main opponents "career politicians," while he is a "part-time politician." He also said he's the only gubernatorial candidate who has drawn up a job-creation plan.

Etheridge has already released his personal tax records – state law requires candidates only provide a statement listing their investments and other economic interests – and Dalton said he would do likewise. Faison and McCrory said they don't plan to release their tax records.

The level of interest in the governor's race is unusually high. Only nine candidates sought the office in 2008, when former Gov, Mike Easley finished his second term.

Seven people are seeking to succeed Dalton as lieutenant governor.

Linda Coleman of Knightdale, a former lawmaker who is now the state personnel director, will face state Sen. Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary.

State Reps. Dale Folwell of Forsyth County and Grey Mills of Mooresville, Raleigh businessman Dan Forest, Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley and Bladen County businessman Arthur Rich will vie for the Republican nomination.

The primary will be held May 8.


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  • Karmageddon Mar 1, 2012

    I wonder.....If Bob gets to be governor will he find a job for Bev?

  • lovelarvae Mar 1, 2012

    I'm glad there will be primaries in both parties. These people definitely need to be vetted before entering the general election.

  • barbstillkickin Mar 1, 2012

    I still believe McCrory will win this time. He took Charlotte and turned it into a beautiful city. I have driven down town Charlotte and I love it. I believe he is our best chance to maybe get this state of ours that I am so proud to call my home and get us on our feet again. I just want to see our people working like they want to. Send the illegals out and then the real North Carolinian's will have jobs. No Democrat will care about the people. Look at the past. They have always only took care of the rich. We need some help for all of us poor people.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 1, 2012

    Vote for Dr. Blackmon!
    Glass Half Full
    February 29, 2012 3:10 p.m.
    ........LOL, Yep, I love me some old folks doing stuff. He got em all beat.

  • miketwo Mar 1, 2012

    Bobby, Bobby, Bobby.....stay home in Harnett Co. They probably want you to run for governor so you will get out of the county....they don't need you NOR DOES the state of NORTH CAROLINA. Didn't you lose an election as County Comissioner in the 70's because you cast the deciding vote to Consolidate schools in Harnett Co. even after the residents of Harnett Co. had rejected it in 6, yes SIX, referendums. You do not listen to the voters...all you care about is Bobby....STAY HOME..as someone stated below...YOU ARE A PARASITE ON THE GREAT STATE OF NC.....with such and ego...you think we need you....WRONG....STAY HOME.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Mar 1, 2012

    Our state has been "risked" for too many years under Democrat rule Mr. Etheridge.

    You proved your point in Washington.

  • jlp Mar 1, 2012

    ThatGuyAgain - It is documented fact that the Republicans in the General Assembly would not approve the tax incentives to lure Continental Tire. You guys are the ones that see boogie men around every corner.

  • jlp Mar 1, 2012

    JLP-get real man-Republicans may not have been willing to buy 1300 jobs. - cwood3

    That shows your ignorance on the subject. Tax incentives are how the game is played. If we will not give them, another state will be happy to. There is a fund specifically for this type of economic development called the Golden Leaf fund that came from the tobacco settlement. Play the game or lose. Republicans chose to lose because well, that's what losers do.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Mar 1, 2012

    Bob Etheridge? Really? This political parasite just will not let go will he? Gov. Perdon't gave him a job when the message was clear from the voters. One can only hope that the Gov will endorse him just to be sure he has no chance. Hey Bob! Whooo aaraaa yooou really?

  • bill0 Mar 1, 2012

    As a practical matter, just about all of them have a better shot at beating McCrory than Bev did.