Hampton Dellinger on the Lt. Governor’s Race
I've enjoyed and learned much from reading BlueNC discussions, both of my race and of the leading political and policy issues of the day. And I’ve really appreciated the kind words about my campaign.
The demands of running statewide are intense and have kept me from posting recently, but I’ve continued to promote my progressive agenda across the state. For example, my call on the Division of Air Quality to reject the pending permit request for a coal-fired plant is available on my campaign home page -- www.HD08.com.
The stakes are definitely high. I’ve been working in North Carolina campaigns for more than 20 years -- including volunteering for many candidates seeking local or legislative offices such as Bill Bell for Durham Mayor and Yvonne Johnson for Greensboro; Phillip Graham for Durham School Board; Ty Harrell, Deborah Ross and Ed Ridpath and many more for the General Assembly -- and I cannot name another statewide race where a major Democratic candidate has positions on major issues as conservative as Walter Dalton’s.
The details are available at http://www.hd08.com/differences/index.html and http://www.hd08.com/differences/reviews/index.html but here is the short of it: I’m pro-choice, he has not been; I support the ban on executing the mentally retarded, he voted against it; I’ve been a leader on environmental issues and oppose the pending request for one new coal plant, he has cast anti-environmental votes (such as opposing major clean air legislation in 2001) and wants two new coal plants; I oppose major new tax breaks for billboard sign owners and homebuilders, he’s championed them.
In addition, I’ve called for compensation for the victims of forced government sterilizations, proposed a comprehensive plan to assist seniors (lauded by Wilmington’s Star-News as “attractive,” “sensible,” and “admirably specific”), and made achieving greater social and racial justice a centerpiece of my campaign.
And I don’t just have progressive views; I have a track record. I stood up to BlueCross/BlueShield when it sought to convert from non-profit to for-profit without setting up a charitable foundation. I challenged agribusinesses denying migrant workers fundamental protections, fought banks ready to foreclose on North Carolina textile miles and creditors willing to bankrupt the NAACP, took on the management company that refused to treat public transit workers fairly, opposed slaughtering houses and manufacturers polluting our air and water, criticized one state agency that sought to permit a rock quarry adjacent to the Appalachian Trail and sued another poised to waste millions of dollars in taxpayer money overpaying for office supplies.
Because of my years being a leader on tough issues, the state AFL-CIO gave me an award "in recognition of [my] concern for and work on behalf of working families in North Carolina," I’ve been endorsed by the 10,000 member state chapter of the Communication Workers of America, and I have the backing of civil rights icon Dr. John Hope Franklin, along with the Democratic mayors of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Pittsboro.
While I haven’t seen as much of Mr. Dalton on the campaign trail, I have been at many events with Dan Besse and Pat Smathers and have enjoyed getting to know them both.
I’ve met many of the North Carolinians on this thread and look forward to meeting you all in the coming months. And, as an update to Jerimee’s thread, folks are welcome to contact me at (919) 306-3065.
Warm regards, Hampton