Dave's Picks, 2010 General Election, Wake Co., NC

Here're some useful links, with information from 4 friends whose judgement I respect. Most of their recommendations are the same as my own:

  1. Russell's Picks
  2. Judy's Picks
  3. Bob's Picks for the Judicial races
  4. Chuck's Picks (including Soil & Conservation District Supervisor)
  5. My recommendations are below

I pray that your conscience will be your guide while voting in this election.  I also pray that we can all be polite and friendly and charitable, remembering always that "the tongue (or keyboard) is a flame..."

If you have questions or comments, please call me (Dave)
on my cell phone 919-244-3316.
(But there's no need to call for permission to copy -- plagiarism is encouraged!)
Note: You can view a personalized sample ballot on the NC State Board of Elections web site, here: Polls are open 6:30am to 7:30pm at the regular precinct locations on November 2nd. (It is also possible to vote early.) If you did not register to vote on time, or if you have moved, it is still possible to vote, using the new "early voting with same-day registration" procedure. See:
First, a few words about who I am and what I believe... (If you disagree with me about such things, then my opinions about the election are probably of no use to you.) I am a Christian, and I am a fiscal and social conservative. I am pro-life when it comes to babies, and pro-choice when it comes to education. I do not think Sarah Palin's Christian faith makes her unfit to hold office, and I do not think that praying for someone is "
attacking" them. I am glad that Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and Iraq's Saddam Hussein are no longer trying to build nuclear weapons, and glad that Saddam is no longer committing genocide against the Marsh Arabs, filling his country with mass graves, and supporting terrorism around the world. I am grateful to America's soldiers for that welcome change.

These are my recommendations for the Nov. 2 election:

(With notes in italics for some candidates I've met personally)


US Senate: Richard Burr (We really, really need Richard!)

US House (district 2): Renee Elmers
US House (district 4): B.J. Lawson
US House (district 14): Bill Randall

NC Senate (district 15): Neal Hunt (Neal is wonderful!)
NC Senate (district 16): Michael Beezley (Michael is terrific!)

NC House (district 33): Paul Terrell, III
NC House (district 34): Steve Henion (Steve is fantastic!)
NC House (district 35): Don Frantz (Don is terrific!)
NC House (district 36): Nelson Dollar (Nelson is wonderful, and my personal friend!)
NC House (district 37): Paul "Skip" Stam (Skip is wonderful, and my personal friend!)
NC House (district 38): Madison Shook
NC House (district 39): Duane Cutlip
NC House (district 40): Marilyn Avila (Marilyn is wonderful, and my personal friend!)
NC House (district 41): Tom Murry (Tom is terrific!)

Wake Co. Commissioners: Paul Coble, Tony Gurley, Phil Matthews, Joe Bryan

Clerk of Superior Court: Janet Pueschel (Jan is terrific, and my personal friend!)

Wake Co. Sheriff: Donnie Harrison


Supreme Court Associate Justice: Barbara Jackson

Court of Appeals Judge: Ann Marie Calabria (Ann Marie is wonderful, experienced, and my personal friend)
Court of Appeals Judge: Steven Walker
Court of Appeals Judge: Dean R. Poirier
District Court Judge, District 10: Brad Sahl
District Court Judge, District 10: V.A. (Woofer) Davidian III
District Court Judge, District 10: Michael J. Denning
District Court Judge, District 10: Kris D. Bailey (though Dan Nagle is also good)
(uncontested races omitted)

Wake Soil & Water (may vote for 2): David Adams


The Constitutional Amendment is rather inconsequential, but I intend to vote "No."  (If it passes, it will disqualify from running for sheriff anyone who has ever been convicted of a felony, even if it was 40 or 50 years ago as a teenager.)


1st Choice: Doug McCullough (or Daniel E. Garner)
2nd Choice: Daniel E. Garner (or Dough McCullouth)
3rd Choice: Jewel Ann Farlow (or Chris Dillon)
Note:  it will not help your first choice candidate to leave the 2nd & 3rd choices blank!



You may check your (or any other NC citizen's) voter registration status & see your sample ballot here:
First, select "Show me my Voter Information"
Then fill in your name, etc.
Then, in the middle of the page, click on "My Sample Ballot" to see exactly who you can vote for
If you are not already registered to vote, or if you are registered in the wrong county, then you may still vote, but only via "early voting." You may not vote on November 2nd.
Early voting started Oct. 14, 2010 at the Wake Co. Board of Elections.
See for full details and a county-wide map of early voting locations.

Early voting is being held at 9 locations in Wake County; click on the addresses below for Google Maps of each location:

All 9 locations are open for early voting the following hours:
Friday October 22 11 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
Saturday October 23 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Sunday October 24 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday October 25 -- 29 11 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
Saturday October 30 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

Early voting will also be held at the Wake Co. Board of Elections office at 337 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh during regular business hours October 14 - October 29 (in addition to the weekend hours listed above).

Any Wake County resident who is eligible to vote may vote at any of the 9 early voting locations, even if he is not already registered to vote. If you registered to vote in your current county of residence by Oct. 9th, then you may, instead, vote at your regular precinct polling place (near your house) on Nov. 2nd. If you aren't registered to vote, or if you moved between counties, then you may not vote on Nov. 2nd, you may only vote via early voting.

Dave Burton
M: 919-244-3316

P.S. --  at the end of my "Dave's Picks 2008" page, there are links to about a dozen useful sources of information, including the Wake County Republican & Democratic Parties, the Wake Co. Board of Elections, and several good civic organizations.

Also, in case your are curious, these were my picks in the 2010 GOP Primary.





I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like this speaker Nan,
I do not like this ‘YES, WE CAN.’
I do not like this spending spree---
I'm smart, I know that nothing's free.
I do not like your smug replies,
when I complain about your lies.
I do not like this change and hope.
I do not like it.  Nope, nope, nope!
(author unknown)
Go green - recycle Congress in 2010!

Economic situation got you worried?  Want Change?

Don't forget who is currently in charge! This is who is in charge now (in approximate order of importance for determining economic policy):

  U.S. House:    Democrat (for ~4 years)
  U.S. Senate:   Democrat (for ~4 years)
  President:     Democrat (for ~2 years)
  NC Senate:     Democrat (for ~112 years!)
  NC House:      Democrat (for ~12 years)
  Governor:      Democrat (for ~18 years)
  Lt. Governor:  Democrat (for ~18 years)