Republicans can choose between two good candidates for Lt Governor. Both Dan Forest and Tony Gurley would serve us well (in my opinion). Gurley is a businessman originally from Morganton, now living in Wake County where he serves as a County Commissioner. . Forest came in first in the May Republican primaries but did not receive 40% of the vote as required to avoid a runoff. He is also a businessman in the Raleigh area and is the son of Congresswoman Sue Myrick. My sense is that most Watauga conservatives will get behind Forest but, in my judgement, Gurley is also a viable candidate and would serve us well.
For NC Commissiner of Insurance, Reublicans Richard Morgan and Mike Causey face each other. Morgan was once a Representative in the NC House but lost his bid for reelcetion when he was defeated in the Republican Primary when he sided with Democrats to keep Dem speaker Jim Black in power. He is still not popular among Republican regulars. Causey has run for this office previously but has not been successful. This time he seems to have the support of the conservatives in and out of the Republcan party and is, in my judgment, the best choice with the best chance of beating Democrat Wayne Goodwin.
For NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, the runoff is between Wake County Board of Education member John Tedesco and Charlotte area schoolteacher Richard Alexander. Tedesco has been a major (and controversial) figure on the Wake County school board and has been the bullseye in the Democrat target during the bussing/school choice conflicts that drew national attention to Wake County Schools. Alexander, also a conservative, is less controversial but is seriously opposed to tenure, favors Charter schools and is pretty much straight down the line in favor of conservative positions. I can live with either one but I think Tedesco may provide the most excitement in the general election!
Kenn Gardner and Ed Goodwin face each other in the runoff for NC Secretary of State. Neither of my horses made the finals in this race and I have no real strong opinions on either of these gentlemen. I would point out that Goodwin seems to have the endorsements and support from most of the conservative groups with whom I normally agree. I think either candidate will have a hard time beating Elaine Marshall unless there is just an unexpected Republican sweep of all the secondary races. I doubt that McCrory's coattails are that strong!
At any rate....do your research, excercise your Google skills, make your choices and get to the Courthouse (The ONLY early voting site for this election) OR wait until election day (July 17) and vote at your normal precinct!
Democrats also have a runoff to select their candidate for NC Commissioner of Labor. Their choice is between Marlowe Foster and John Brookes.
NOTE....You can only vote in this runoff if you voted in the May primaries....and must vote the same ballot (Repub or Dem) that you selected then.
((((CORRECTION - JULY 17. REGISTERED REPUBLICANS AND REGISTERED DEMOCRATS CAN VOTE IN THIS RUNOFF EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT HAVE VOTED IN EARLIER PRIMARY.)))) WATAUGA BOARD OF ELECTIONS