Debra Goldman

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Debra Goldman
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Candidate for
North Carolina Auditor
Prior offices
Wake County School Board
Bachelor'sPenn State (1986)
Date of birthMay 17, 1963
Personal website
Campaign website
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Debra Goldman (b. May 17, 1963) was a Republican candidate for North Carolina Auditor in the 2012 elections.


Goldman currently serves as a member of the Wake County Board of Education, a position she was first elected to in 2009.[1]


  • Pennsylvania State University, 1986



See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Goldman announces her 2012 campaign for Auditor

Goldman ran for North Carolina Auditor in 2012. She faced Joseph Hank DeBragga, Greg Dority, Fern Shubert and Rudy Wright in the Republican primary on May 8. Since no candidate received more than 40 percent the top two vote-getters, Dority and Goldman, were slated to head to a runoff on July 17,[2] but Dority declined the runoff and conceded the election to Goldman. Incumbent Beth Wood was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Goldman lost to Wood in the general election on November 6, 2012.

North Carolina State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Wood Incumbent 53.7% 2,299,541
     Republican Debra Goldman 46.3% 1,981,539
Total Votes 4,281,080
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

North Carolina Auditor, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Goldman 34.4% 235,914
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Dority 23.8% 163,528
Fern Shubert 18.4% 126,215
Rudy Wright 15.6% 107,323
Joseph Hank DeBragga 7.8% 53,727
Total Votes 686,707


The official North Carolina State Board of Elections voting guide listed the following endorsements:[3]

  • Sheriff B.J. Barnes, Guilford County
  • Sheriff George Erwin, Retired, Henderson County
  • Mayor Dick Sears, Holly Springs
  • Owen Etheridge, Currituck County Commissioner
  • A.L. "Buddy" Collins, Forsyth County Board of Education
  • Claude E. Pope, Jr.
  • Phil Matthews, Wake County Commissioner
  • Former State Senator Dennis Davis
  • Mayor Frank Eagles, Rolesville

Campaign donors


Goldman lost the election to the position of North Carolina Auditor in 2012. During that election cycle, Goldman raised a total of $24,817.


2010 burglary

On October 21, 2012, The News & Observer ran a story regarding a police report wherein Goldman named Chris Malone, who she served with on the Wake County school board, as a suspect in the burglary of her home in 2010. The source of the police report was unknown and Republican officials questioned the timing of its release so close to the November 6 general election.[4]

According to the report, in June 2010 Goldman called police saying her home was broken into and $100,000 in jewelry, $20,000 in cash and $10,000 in collectible coins was stolen. Goldman said she kept the cash in a "ratty pink backpack" in her bedroom because "she found it very difficult" to get money right after the terrorist attacks of September 11.[5]

Goldman named Malone, who was later cleared, as a suspect in subsequent interviews. According to Goldman, she resisted romantic advances by Malone for several months, while Malone has said they had a "very heated" relationship.[4]

After the news story broke, Goldman issued a statement, saying, “I am continuing my campaign for state auditor, and I am saddened that I have to even dignify these reports with a response. This is all I will say regarding this issue, and I consider the matter closed.”[5]

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