Lucile (Wife), Elizabeth (Daughter), Brian (son)
B.S.-Business (UNC-Chapel Hill), J.D. (UNC-Chapel Hill)
25 years law practice, managing partner of a law firm, county attorney
12 years NC Senate, 4 years Lt. Governor
As your next governor, my top priorities will be: Putting people back to work right now. I am the only candidate that has a real, detailed plan to put people back to work now and build good jobs for the future. That plan includes a tax cut for small businesses. It also has a tax incentive for businesses who hire the long-term unemployed. I will work to restore the damaging cuts to our classrooms and make education our bedrock again. That includes strong community colleges and universities training workers for the jobs of the future. Finally, I will lead by example and always work to maintain the trust of the people who elected me.
As governor, my top priority will be putting people back to work right now, and I have a proposal to do just that. I am the only candidate that has a real, detailed plan to get North Carolina back to work now and build good jobs for the future. I will focus our efforts on recruiting 21st century jobs and retraining our people to fill those jobs. My plan would have new laws to give small businesses a tax break, incentives for small businesses to put the long-term unemployed back to work, to cut red tape, to give businesses better loans to invest in manufacturing, and grow our biotech and biomanufacturing jobs more rapidly. You can read my full plan at walterdalton.org.
We’ve all been through tough times. As governor, my top priority will be putting people back to work right now. That means refocusing our efforts on recruiting 21st century jobs and retraining our people to fill those jobs. I am the only candidate that has a real, detailed plan to put people back to work now and build good jobs for the future. That plan includes a tax cut for small businesses. It also has a tax incentive for businesses who hire the long-term unemployed. Part of creating good jobs is making sure we have good schools and community colleges to build a strong middle class and to help those seeking to reach the middle class.
I have a plan to fund education without raising taxes. We have seen undue cuts to education over these last two years. Thousands of educator positions were eliminated, and 6,000 students who had need-based financial aid saw that aid taken away. Those cuts are whittling away at the greatness of our community college system and our university system and damaging our future. That’s not the North Carolina we want. And I’ll change it. I will work to restore the devastating cuts to our classrooms, and I want to innovate education to prepare students for the jobs of the future. North Carolina has always stood tall for education. As governor, I’ll make education our bedrock again.
I believe we need to find more efficiencies in state government, and one area where we can find cost savings is through information technology. Another idea I’m considering would be privatizing the state motor pool. As reports on WRAL have shown, there have been many instances of inefficiencies and outright fraud that cannot be tolerated.
I have said repeatedly throughout this campaign, “Great jobs grow from great schools.” As governor, I will support higher education, expand the Early Colleges, and implement innovative programs that give students the skills necessary for the jobs of the future. Our ultimate goal should be to increase academic achievement for each and every student. In order to accomplish this, we must treat teachers as the professionals they are. I will work to increase teacher wages and give our educators the professional development tools necessary to train our students for the 21st century economy.
I have supported measures to require ID to register to vote and to provide ID at the polls for first-time voters who register by mail. What I do not support is requiring photo ID at the polls because it could disenfranchise legal voters, especially seniors and rural voters.
Spouse, Tom Howe; Two sons and a daughter.
B.A., English and psychology, Pfeiffer College, 1975
Libertarian candidate on numerous occasions, including US Senate, 1998; Governor, 2000 and 2004; NC House, 2008, 2010.
Served as State Chair for Libertarian Party of North Carolina, 2000-2005 and 2007-2011.
1) End the use of tax incentives to lure businesses to NC.
2) Implement greater choice in education by implementing tuition tax credits so any taxpayer can provide education dollars for any child to attend any school.
3) Spur job creation by reducing NC's tax rate and decreasing burdensome regulation.
There are mountains of laws that need to be changed. Government's core function is to protect people from those who might harm them, but otherwise leave people alone. Any law in NC that does meet that core function should be repealed. Bills I would seek to have passed include ending the use of the death penalty, legalizing medical marijuana, and allowing North Carolina farmers to grow hemp.
The economy is not moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the federal government will wake up and stop printing money through its quantitative easing efforts. In North Carolina, we simply have to stop spending beyond our means. That means reducing the size and scope of government by focusing just on the core function of protecting individual rights. To create jobs, we need to reduce taxes and decrease regulations on businesses. The job creators, small-business owners, will do the creative work of offering services and products that consumers want and need.
We don't have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. Reduce the size of government. Let people keep more of what they earn. We need to reduce taxes.
We should reduce or eliminate most of the occupational licensing boards. They limit jobs and job creation and do little to improve products and services. Certification for professions can be done through private accreditation organizations. Additionally, we can reduce and consolidate almost every department of NC government.
Work to implement greater choice through the use of tuition tax credits. A Taxpayer Choice Scholarship Plan would allow any NC taxpayer to provide education dollars to any child to go to any school and receive a tax credit off his or her state income tax liability. Putting education dollars in the hands of parents will give the parents greater choice for how to meet the needs of their children. Because the marketplace for education dollars will be in the hands of parents instead of bureaucrats, competition for those education dollars will create a large and varied market in education.
I have no fundamental problem with requiring ID, but I do share the concern of those who are worried that it might disenfranchise some voters. Implementation is also going to be fairly costly. I share the belief of many that this is a solution in search of a problem. I have not heard of widespread voter fraud in NC. Updating voter rolls and checking those who register to vote might be a more urgent need. One of the urgent election reforms we need is to reduce the restrictions on ballot access in North Carolina.
Raised in Jamestown, North Carolina, Lives in Charlotte
His wife, Ann, and their dog, Mo
Pat had an extensive private sector career, serving 29 years with Duke Energy Corporation. During his career at Duke, he held several top management positions in recruitment and staffing, management and professional training, and economic development and industrial recruitment.
After serving on Charlotte's City Council, Pat was elected Mayor of Charlotte in 1995 and went on to serve a record seven terms.
Right now, North Carolina has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country. As governor, my top priority will be to create a long-term economic development strategy to unleash the private sector to create jobs and put people back to work.
Fixing our broken government will be another top priority for a McCrory administration. After years of scandals and bureaucratic breakdowns, North Carolinians deserve a government that is more transparent, ethical and accountable for results.
I have also outlined a plan to reform and strengthen education in our state to ensure we focus on what really matters – student achievement. I believe it can be done, but only if we are willing to put politics aside and address the major challenges we face head on.
I believe that North Carolina can no longer deny itself the job-creating potential of developing our state's natural resources. North Carolina has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country, and we're paying four bucks a gallon for gas. It’s time to get North Carolina into the energy business and safely explore for energy - both off our shores and under our feet.
States around the country are turning their economies around thanks to an energy boom, and so can North Carolina. As governor, I will establish a partnership with neighboring states to develop offshore resources and recruit companies to bring a much-needed infusion of energy, jobs and investment to the state.
With the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation and over 450,000 North Carolinians out of work, our economy is moving in the wrong direction. I believe fixing North Carolina’s broken economy requires new vision and new leadership from its governor. If other states can successfully rebound from the economic collapse, so can the greatest state in the country.
To turn around our high unemployment rate, I believe that North Carolina must be a state that grows, builds and innovates things, not just buys things. But right now, high taxes, excessive regulation and a broken state government are currently diminishing North Carolina’s once-business-friendly brand. I will work with leaders in business and government to create a long-term economic development strategy to fix our broken economy by reforming our out-of-date tax code, reducing burdensome regulations that are hurting our small businesses, and once and for all get North Carolina into the energy business through safe energy exploration.
My plan will also expand opportunities for industries like agriculture and the military to create jobs and strengthen North Carolina’s economy.
I believe North Carolina must modernize our tax code to provide tax relief and spur job creation, productivity and innovation. Unlike my opponent, who has campaigned on a 15% sales tax increase, I believe we must reduce the burden on North Carolinians. Our tax code must encourage existing businesses by providing tax relief, while making our state an attractive place to move or start a company. North Carolina’s economy must build, produce, innovate and grow things, and our tax code should incentivize these activities in the private sector. Our next governor must reform our state’s out-of-date tax code with the 21st century economy in mind, reducing uncertainty for businesses and individuals. We must stick to our principles and grow our economy, because that’s what produces the resources to pay for our teachers, police and firefighters and rebuild our infrastructure.
True savings will come from operating government more like a business and providing better services to North Carolinians at lower prices. Take the DMV for example, which has barely improved in service since I received my first license when I was 16, back in 1973. There is also no shortage of opportunity to limit fraud waste and abuse. There are countless examples of a broken state government pointed out in the press, but in terms of truly eliminating a program or agency, one really must have the benefit of assessing the situation after starting the job. However, I believe we must place a sunset provision on boards and commissions -- there are over 20 created by executive order and more than 400 created by the legislature, costing taxpayers $800 per member per year, even though these commissions often overlap or are outdated. We must re-evaluate all the state’s boards and commissions and reauthorize the useful bodies. I would also seek to sell the deep water port land that the Easley-Perdue-Dalton leadership spent $30 million to purchase near Southport without first completing feasibility studies about the project.
I am a product of our public schools, and I also graduated from Catawba College with my teaching degree, so I have a passion for education. Right now, our schools are failing to graduate 1 in 5 students, and 65% of those who decide to continue at one of our community colleges need remedial math or English. North Carolina cannot achieve excellence in education by simply spending more money on the current system; instead, we must make major reforms to emphasize student achievement. The McCrory plan will strengthen the entire education system to help every student to attain the skills needed to graduate and get a job, so they don’t have to move back in with their parents. That’s my goal.
Yes. You’re required to show your ID to buy Sudafed, to ride an airplane or to even enter the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I believe it is important to make sure our democracy and our elections are free and fair.