We begin with a race that doesn’t receive the hot glare of attention, but should, that for state treasurer. This office handles the state’s underfunded pension, as well as the underfunded state health plan for hundreds of thousands of teachers, former teachers and state employees.
Incumbent Democrat Janet Cowell is not running for re-election. Republican Dale Folwell of Winston-Salem wants the seat, and so does Democrat Dan Blue III of Raleigh. Blue, a fine candidate, worked in investment banking on Wall Street and currently works in his family law firm, where he’s gained sound experience in working on bond issues. He’s sharp and well-organized.
Folwell, a CPA, is a former Speaker Pro Tem of the state House and assistant Secretary of Commerce. We’ve differed with him occasionally, but we’ve agreed with him much more, especially on his work in the legislature in reaching across party lines to effect solid legislation. He is a tireless, dedicated worker whose long experience makes him best qualified to resolve the big challenges facing this crucial office.