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Dave's Picks - July 17, 2012 Republican Primary Run-off Election (Wake Co.)
I pray that your conscience will be your guide while voting in the Tuesday, July 17, 2012 primary run-off election.
Wake County Republicans have four run-off races on the July 17 ballot. All four are statewide races.
Here is a sample ballot:
- NC Lieutenant Governor: both Forest & Gurley are good men. I'm voting for
Dan Forest, who is a strong conservative, and who I think has the best chance of winning
- NC Commissioner of Insurance: Causey is a good man, but Richard
Morgan is a crook! Morgan is the only person I've ever heard of who was expelled from
the NC Republican State Executive Committee for misbehavior, and the vote to oust him
was almost unanimous. He was Democrat Jim Black's partner ("co-speaker") in the NC House,
and in my opinion he should have joined Black in federal prison. Please vote for Mike
- NC Secretary of State: both Gardner & Goodwin are good men. I'm voting for
Ed Goodwin, because I think he's more conservative.
- NC Superintendent of Public Instruction: I don't know Richard Alexander, he's probably
a good man, but John Tedesco is the ideal person for this position! John is a very passionate
education reformer, and he'll make a wonderful Superintendent of Public Instruction. Please
vote for John Tedesco.
Dave's Picks - May 8, 2012 Republican Primary Election (Wake Co.)
I pray that your conscience will be your guide while voting in the May 8, 2012 primary election.
I also pray that we can all be polite and charitable, remembering always
that "the tongue (or keyboard) is a flame..." [James 3:5]
To view your sample ballot & check your polling place for the primary election, visit:
(Fill in your name, etc., then click on "My Sample Ballot.")
Also, the Wake County GOP has some good election info in their newsletter. (Note: I corrected a couple of minor errors in this copy.)
Also, UNC-TV has a full list of offices and candidates, with links to the candidates' web sites, here: http://ncvoterguide.org/wake/
Several people have asked me for my recommendations for the May 8, 2012 Primary election.
These are my recommendations for the Republican Primary.
(I'm sorry, but I have no recommendations for the Democratic Primary, except that I ask everyone
to vote "For" the Constitutional Amendment for a traditional
This advice is probably worth at least what you paid for it:
- President - Rick Santorum - Though Mitt Romney is assured of the nomination, voting
for Rick will help send a message encouraging Mitt to choose a conservative running mate
- US House, NC 2nd Congressional District - Incumbent Renee Ellmers (but please call her and ask her to support the marriage amendment), or Richard Speer
- US House, NC 4th Congressional District - I don't know much about this race in this hopelessly lopsided district, but James Allen won the Wake County Republican convention straw poll easily, and is well-recommended. (Note: Tim D'Annunzio has a checkered past.)
- US House, NC 13th Congressional District - Paul Coble is our strongest candidate, though I like the things Bill Randall is saying
- Governor - Pat McCrory will be the strongest candidate in a tough November race (but Paul Wright gets an honorable mention)
- Lt. Governor - This is a tough call, because I also really like Dale and Tony, but I give Dan Forrest the edge
- NC Auditor - Fern Shubert it clearly best for this job (though Greg Dority is a very fine man, and Debra Goldman is a personal friend). The Rhinoceros Times endorsement of Fern got it exactly right.
- NC Commissioner of Agriculture - Sorry, I don't know enough to make a recommendation
- NC Commissioner of Insurance - Mike Causey (Note: Mike's main opponent, Richard Morgan,
is thoroughly corrupt, and was
Jim Black's partner who helped the Democrats
gerrymander Republicans out of power a decade ago. Morgan is not the nice conservative
man that his ads portray!)
- NC Secretary of State - Ed Goodwin or perhaps Kenn Gardner. (Note: Their opponent, Mike Beitler,
now claims that he's always been a pro-life conservative, but it's not true. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 as a
Libertarian, against Richard Burr, whom he called "extreme right." At that time he favored decriminalization of
pot & gay marriage, and said "the government should not be involved in the abortion decision," and said the GOP was too
beholden to the religious right.
- NC Superintendent of Public Instruction - John Tedesco (and check out his really nifty promotional video!)
- NC Treasurer - Frank Roche
- NC District Court Judge District 10 - Dan Nagle
- NC District Court Judge District 10 - Charles Phillips Gilliam
- Note: Two Republican Judicial candidates, Chris Dillon and David Robinson,
urgently need just a few more campaign contributions on or before May 8, 2012, to qualify for 4-to-1 matching
funds. Please contribute if you can!
- NC Senate 18 - Chad Barefoot
- NC House 35 - Duane Cutlip. (Note: If Chris Malone wins this House race, Democrats will pick up his seat on the Wake County School Board!)
- NC House 49 -
both men are wonderful conservative candidates! I just wish we had this
kind of dilemma for every race! Russell Capps is the better choice. He's a strong
fiscal and social conservative, and a tireless worker, with wonderful heart for everything and
everyone that Jesus loves. I had initially endorsed both Russell and Dr. Jim Fulghum in this
race, but I'm sad to report that Dr. Fulghum has begun running nasty attack ads
that misrepresent Russell's record in the
legislature, and that even call Russell (who, like Dr. Fulghum, only entered politics after retiring) a "career
politician." Additionally, I'm concerned that, even though Dr. Fulghum told me he is "strongly pro-life," he
would not promise me that he would support defunding Planned Parenthood.
- Constitutional Amendment - For - see my detailed information at http://www.burtonsys.com/marriage
Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any of these (or anything else).
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