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NC Lt. Gov. Dalton to run for Governor

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RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - On the same day North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue announced she would not seek re-election, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton stepped up to say he'll run for the top spot.

Dalton sent out the following statement late Thursday afternoon:

"I believe that our future economy and better jobs depend on our historic commitment to education. After all, education is in North Carolina's DNA – it's what sets us apart and it's what will determine our future. However, you can't make progress if you are pointed in the wrong direction. Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are facing the wrong way by cutting teachers, reducing scholarships and abandoning economic development. They are doing lasting damage to our state. I've dedicated my career to improving education at all levels and making North Carolina a great place to do business. 

"Today, I'm announcing that I am running for Governor. Lucille and I love this state and we understand tough political races. I am the only candidate who has run and won statewide and I look forward to waging an aggressive campaign. Elections are about choices. As a state we must decide the direction in which we will turn. With this campaign, I choose to look ahead to a brighter future.  I choose progress.  I choose a future where public education is the foundation of our economy."

Dalton served six terms in the NC State Senate before running successfully for Lt. Governor in 2008.

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