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Re: “Wake County

My name is Hampton Dellinger, and I am honored to receive the Independents endorsement in the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor. I have worked in Wake County for years -- in government (as a state employee serving as a Deputy Attorney General and later as Chief Legal Counsel for the Governors office), in the private sector, and helping at NC Democratic Party headquarters and for many Democratic campaigns. Commuting from Durham and Orange counties into Raleigh during the past two decades has given me a daily, first hand perspective on the transportation and other growth challenges Wake County and the Triangle face. As Lt. Governor, I will work tirelessly for well-funded and effective schools, safe and sustainable communities, healthy children and a healthy environment, and honest and open government. You can read more about why Im running and what Ive done (plus hear a great radio ad starring Branford Marsalis) at www.HD08.com. I appreciate Indys vote of confidence and would be grateful for your vote as well. Hampton Dellinger Democrat for Lt. Governor

Posted by Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Gov. on 04/23/2008 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Orange and Chatham counties

My name is Hampton Dellinger, and I am honored to receive the Independents endorsement in the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor. I grew up in Orange County and have spent considerable time in neighboring Chatham as well. I deeply appreciate all the support Ive received from friends in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Fearrington, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Siler City, and throughout the two counties. My supporters include Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller, Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy, Chatham County Commissioner Carl Thompson, former Chapel Hill Town Council member Nancy Preston, former UNC mens basketball coach Dean Smith, civil rights legend Dr. John Hope Franklin, the North Carolina AFL-CIO, five of six major civil rights groups, and former Vice President Al Gore. You can read more about why Im running and what Ive done (plus hear a great radio ad starring Branford Marsalis) at www.HD08.com. I appreciate Indys vote of confidence and would be grateful for your vote as well. Hampton Dellinger Democrat for Lt. Governor

Posted by Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Gov. on 04/23/2008 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Durham County

My name is Hampton Dellinger, and I am honored to receive the Independents endorsement in the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor. Along with my wife Jolynn and our two kids, I live in Durham and am proud to call Durham home. I have been endorsed by the Durham Peoples Alliance, the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, and by civic leaders such as Durham Mayor Bill Bell, City Council Members Farad Ali and Mike Woodard, philanthropists Betty Kenan and Mary D.B.T. Semans, and civil rights legend and acclaimed historian Dr. John Hope Franklin. You can read more about why Im running and what Ive done (plus hear a great radio ad starring Durhams own Branford Marsalis) at www.HD08.com. I appreciate Indys vote of confidence and would be grateful for your vote as well. Hampton Dellinger Democrat for Lt. Governor

Posted by Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Gov. on 04/23/2008 at 8:31 AM

Re: “2008 primary endorsements

My name is Hampton Dellinger, and I am running for Lt. Governor. I am a proud progressive Democrat who lives in the Triangle. I am honored to receive the Independents endorsement in the LG's race. For years, Indy has been holding government accountable, demanding transparency from elected officials, and urging greater social and economic justice, issues that I have made a centerpiece of my campaign. You can read more about what I've done and why I'm running at www.HD08.com. I appreciate Indy's vote of confidence and I would be honored to have every reader's vote. Regards, Hampton Dellinger Democrat for Lt. Governor

Posted by Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Gov. on 04/23/2008 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Statewide offices

I am honored to have the Independent's endorsement and would be grateful for every Indy reader's vote. As Indy notes, I have made clear to voters that I am pro-choice and will protect women's reproductive health and freedom as Lt. Governor. I also believe that targetted affirmative measures are need to address continuing inequalities and disparities. And I am proud to have the support of historian and civil rights leader Dr. John Hope Franklin, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, and five of six major civil rights groups that have endorsed in the Lt. Governor's race. But I've also put forward a detailed plan to assist North Carolina seniors, major education proposals, a bold gov't reform and economic development plan, and a number of measures to protect North Carolina's precious environment. I invite Indy readers to review these proposals at www.HD08.com and, again, I thank Indy for its vote of confidence. Hampton Dellinger,Democrat for Lt. Governor Durham

Posted by Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Gov. on 04/22/2008 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Besse gets progressive nod

Hampton Dellingers Progressive Future AND Past As a proud progressive Democrat running for Lt. Governor I feel compelled to respond to Pete McDowells claim in a recent Indy article that I have not been as out there on the tough issues as the longtime ally of his that he is supporting. When I stood up to BlueCross/BlueShield when it sought to convert from non-profit to for-profit, I was out there on a tough issue. So too, when 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 one poised to waste millions of dollars in taxpayer money overpaying for office supplies. I could go on and on. Because of my years being out there on tough issues, the state AFL-CIO in 2003 gave me an award "in recognition of [my] concern for and work on behalf of working families in North Carolina," Ive been endorsed by the 10,000 member state chapter of the Communication Workers of America, and I have the backing of icons such as civil rights leader Dr. John Hope Franklin, jazz star Branford Marsalis, and Coach Dean Smith, along with the Democratic mayors of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Pittsboro. Looking forward, Ive called for compensation for the victims of forced government sterilizations and proposed a comprehensive plan to assist seniors (lauded by Wilmingtons Star-News as attractive, sensible, and admirably specific). I am pro-choice and pro-environment, and I have made achieving greater social and racial justice in North Carolina a centerpiece of my campaign. Candidates absolutely should be judged by where they have been on major policy matters as well as where they are headed. I believe that those who take the time to review my public record, and do so with an open mind, will conclude that Ive excelled on the out there on the tough issues test. Hampton Dellinger, Democrat for Lt. Governor Durham

Posted by Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Gov. on 12/20/2007 at 9:06 PM

Re: “... about the lieutenant governor

Dear Zork: Greetings! My name is Hampton Dellinger. I am a proud progressive Democrat, and I would like to be North Carolina's next Lieutenant Governor. The Independent Weekly is a Triangle treasure and "Citizen" Geary's reporting and commentary have done much to improve the quality of (and hold accountable) local and state government in North Carolina. But I must respectfully disagree with the advice you've been given about the sum total of the LG's duties. I believe the Lieutenant Governor should: (1) Be present whenever a community faces a crisis (natural or man-made) or an opportunity -- not , as Bob Geary suggests, to get on tv -- but, rather, to make sure that every available state resource and asset is being deployed in the aid of that community and being deployed quickly. And I wouldn't just show up in counties across North Carolina at extraordinary times. Far from it. As Lt. Governor, I will hold regular office hours and open community meetings in cities and towns from "Murphy to Manteo". (Ill explain the reference when we meet in person.) (2) The Lt. Governor can stand up and challenge state agencies when citizens are not served well. Ive done it from the inside (e.g., criticizing the Department of Environment and Natural Resources decision to permit a rock quarry adjacent to the Appalachian Trial) and the outside (e.g., successfully fighting the decision to waste taxpayers money by overpaying for office supplies). And Ill keep it up as Lieutenant Governor. (3) The Lt. Governor should take the long view and seek to ensure that present actions benefit rather than burden succeeding generations. Having served in the Governors office, I know the daily demands on a Governors time. The Lieutenant Governor has a unique opportunity to think not just about the next meeting but about the next year, the next decade, the next generation. Ill use that opportunity to develop and promote progressive solutions to our most serious challenges. Zork, if you are turning to Indy Week for public policy advice, I'm sure you are a details "person" who wants to know where candidates stand on specific issues. You can find out my positions on a range of policy matters at www.HDforLtGov.com In sum, for all the progress North Carolina has made over the past forty years, there is more -- much more -- we need to do. Among other things, I believe we need to: * Eliminate continuing racial disparities in schools, health outcomes, and our criminal justice system. * Reduce the gap that leaves low-wealth counties and school systems in certain parts of the state disadvantaged despite the best efforts of their citizens and leaders. * Better safeguard North Carolinas spectacular natural environment. * Put patients first by demanding that affordable, comprehensive, and high-quality health care never be held hostage by politics. North Carolina should be a stem cell research leader, protect women's reproductive health and freedom, insist that non-profit insurers and providers fulfill their chartered missions, ensure the availability of mental health and dental care, and better meet the medical needs of our growing senior population. On the last issue, serving North Carolina's surging senior population, I was the first candidate for Lt. Governor to set forth detailed policies to assist seniors. The Wilmington Star News said I "offer[ed] sensible suggestions on how to help the state's older people" and put forth "an admirably specific program". While I believe that what matters most is what you are for not who is for you, I am excited about the endorsements I have received already. My supporters include Mayor Bill Bell of Durham, Mayor Kevin Foy of Chapel Hill, Mayor Pro Tem Sue Burgess of Charlotte, the historian and civil rights activist Dr. John Hope Franklin, former Eastern District U.S. Attorney Janice McKenzie Cole, union head Dickie Westbrook, environmentalist Joan Weld, and Western North Carolina leader Jerry Sutton. I am grateful for their support as I would be for yours. One last thing: you are always asking Indy Week to explain things to you. Let me turn the tables and ask you a question if you dont mind. Do you know anything more that we do about these massive "exploding stars" I've been reading about recently? If so, do tell. Hampton Dellinger Durham

Posted by Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Gov. on 05/09/2007 at 5:28 PM

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