From the Winston-Salem Journal this morning:
The two major political parties are each offering their voters four potential nominees for lieutenant governor. The Journal chooses to endorse only Democrat Dan Besse of Winston-Salem.
A lawyer, Besse spent a number of years lobbying in Raleigh on issues related to the environment, poverty and health-care access, so he knows the legislative process.
Besse also has a good mix of state and local government experience. For 20 years, he served on important state commissions that oversee, among other things, environmental and coastal regulation, and he’s now in his seventh year on the Winston-Salem City Council. He’s a hardworking, accessible councilman known for his reasoned responses to issues. He can use the lieutenant governor’s office as a bully pulpit for the issues about which he has been most passionate in his career of public service - the environment and access to health-insurance coverage for North Carolinians.
We do not see in the Republican field the right combination of experience and personal temperament to be effective in the job. So we choose not to endorse there.
In the Democratic race for the 5th District U.S. House nomination, and the right to face Rep. Virginia Foxx, the Journal endorses Roy Carter, a retired teacher and coach who lives in Ashe County. Having grown up in the Northwest mountains, and having taught and coached in Ashe, Wilkes and Surry counties for many years, Carter knows the district well. He has been running a well-organized, energetic campaign, demonstrating skills that would serve him well in Congress.