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Walter H. Dalton

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Walter H. Dalton
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Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
North Carolina State Senate President
Former officeholder
In office
January 10, 2009 - January 7, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$123,198
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senate
1996 - 2008
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina
J.D.University of North Carolina School of Law
Personal
BirthdayMay 21, 1949
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Walter H. Dalton (born May 21, 1949) was the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina from 2009 to 2013. In that capacity he also served as President of the North Carolina State Senate. He was first elected as lieutenant governor in 2008, and previously represented District 46 in the North Carolina State Senate.

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.[1] He won the Democratic primary election on May 8th and lost to Pat McCrory in the November 6th general election.[2]

Dalton was succeeded by Dan Forest (R), who won the lieutenant gubernatorial election on November 6, 2012.

Biography

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 BS and JD 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.[3][4]

Education

  • BS, Business administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Political career

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)

Dalton was first elected to the North Carolina State Senate in 1996. He served for six terms and served as the co-chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

In 2005, Dalton co-sponsored a referendum to ban gay marriage,[5] but during his 2012 campaign for lieutenant governor he has openly opposed the state's controversial marriage amendment.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012 and North Carolina state executive official elections, 2012

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.[1] 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.[2]

Dalton will be succeeded as lieutenant governor by Dan Forest, a Republican, who won election on November 6, 2012.

Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Dalton 43.2% 1,931,580
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat McCrory 54.6% 2,440,707
     Libertarian Barbara Howe 2.1% 94,652
     Write-in Various 0% 1,356
Total Votes 4,468,295
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


Governor of North Carolina Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWalter Dalton 45.9% 428,475
Bob Etheridge 38% 354,923
Bill Faison 5.6% 52,179
Gardenia Henley 5.2% 48,982
Gary M. Dunn 2.9% 27,358
Bruce Blackmon 2.4% 22,370
Total Votes 934,287
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


Issue positions

Community colleges:

  • 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.[7]

Endorsements

  • Police Benevolent Association
  • North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police[8]
  • Equality NC Action Fund[9]

2008

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWalter Dalton 51.1% 2,133,058
     Republican Robert Pittenger 45.9% 1,915,012
     Libertarian Phillip Rhodes 3% 126,074
Total Votes 4,174,144
Election Results Via: North Carolina State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

2012

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.[10]

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.

2008

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.[11] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Dalton and his wife, Lucille, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
January 10, 2009 - January 7, 2013
Succeeded by
Dan Forest (R)