Walter H. Dalton
|Walter H. Dalton|
|Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina|
|North Carolina State Senate President|
|January 10, 2009 - January 7, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|North Carolina State Senate|
|1996 - 2008|
|Bachelor's||University of North Carolina|
|J.D.||University of North Carolina School of Law|
|Date of birth||May 21, 1949|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
In January 2012, Dalton announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 gubernatorial election. His announcement came just days after incumbent Bev Perdue declared she would not seek a second term in office. He won the Democratic primary election on May 8th and lost to Pat McCrory in the November 6th general election.
Dalton was born May 21, 1949 in Rutherfordton in the foothills of Western North Carolina. His father, an attorney and state senator, died when Walter was in elementary school. After earning a B.S. and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dalton worked as the managing partner of the Dalton & Miller law firm in Rutherfordton and served as a county attorney for 20 years.
In 1996, Dalton was elected to the same North Carolina State Senate seat his father held when Walter was young. He served six terms in the state Senate before winning election as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2008.
- B.S., Business administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (2009 - 2013)
Dalton was first elected Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2008. He did not seek re-election in 2012.
North Carolina State Senate (1996 - 2008)
Following incumbent Beverly Perdue's decision to not seek a second term as governor, Dalton announced his intention to run for the top post in the 2012 election. He defeated Bill Faison, Bob Etheridge, Gary M. Dunn, Gardenia Henley and Bruce Blackmon in the May 8th primary. He lost to Pat McCrory (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Barbara Howe (L) came in third.
|Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
|Governor of North Carolina Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Gary M. Dunn||2.9%||27,358|
|Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.|
- Dalton said he believes the state's community college system can play a major role in strengthening the state's economy. “We would be in horrible shape if we didn’t have the strong community college system that we do,” he said.
- Police Benevolent Association
- North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police
- Equality NC Action Fund
Dalton won election as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2008, defeating Republican Robert Pittenger and Libertarian Phillip Rhodes.
|North Carolina Lieutenant Governor, General Election, 2008|
|Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections|
Dalton raised $1 million in the last campaign finance period. He ended the period on July 1, however, with just $714,000 cash on hand.
Dalton lost the election to the position of Governor of North Carolina in 2012. During that election cycle, Dalton raised a total of $4,044,750.
|Governor of North Carolina 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Walter H. Dalton's campaign in 2012|
|North Carolina Democratic Party||$426,000|
|Donald D. Freeman||$12,000|
|Anne D. Hummel||$8,600|
|Edward W. Phifer III||$8,078|
|Mack B. Pearsall||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$4,044,750|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Walter Dalton's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Walter Dalton's Campaign Contributions|
Lt. Governor of North Carolina
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$5,607,766 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||North Carolina Democratic Party||$95,000|
|Committee to Elect Bob England||$8,000|
|North Carolina Farm Bureau||$8,000$|
Dalton and his wife, Lucille, have two children.
- Dalton's campaign website
- Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina website
- Dalton's official biography
- Dalton's answers to Indy Week's 2012 candidate questionnaire
- Campaign donors: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Watauga Democrat.com, "Walter Dalton announces run for governor," January 27, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary election, May 8, 2012, Unofficial results," accessed May 9, 2012
- LtGov.state.NC.us, "Walter Dalton bio," accessed February 23, 2012
- Dalton for NC.com, "About," accessed February 23, 2012
- WFAE.org, "Candidate profile: Walter Dalton," April 26, 2012
- Independent Weekly, "(Update x 3: All five also endorse civil unions.) Five top Dem candidates in NC are all anti-Amendment One," March 28, 2012
- Gaston Gazette, "Democrat Dalton talks up community colleges in governor's race," August 13, 2012 (dead link)
- WRAL, "Dalton gets backing from NC police officers' group," August 8, 2012
- QNotes, "Statewide candidate endorsements announced," September 26, 2012
- Raleigh News & Observer, "Walter Dalton raises $1 million in second quarter, faces huge deficit to McCrory," accessed July 11, 2012
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
|Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
January 10, 2009 - January 7, 2013
| Succeeded by|
Dan Forest (R)
State of North Carolina
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