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Thursday, April 24. 1930 The Daily Tar Heel A-5
Green? Stuart vie in close race
Hunt, Scott face off
in personality match
When former Gov. Bob Scott
announced last year that he would
challenge incumbent Jim Hunt in the
Democratic primary, many observers
said Scott's re-election bid would provide
a tight race to decide who would face
Republican I. Beverly Lake in November.
And while the two candidates offer
opposing viewpoints on several issues, for
the most part Hunt and Scott present
similar platforms' with no major
differences, which has turned the race
into a personality-oriented rather than
At the outset, Scott went on the
offensive, attacking Hunt's policies and
accusing the governor of running a
political machine. The strategy drew
attention to his campaign, but at the same
time prompted his own advisers and
editorial writers across the state to
suggest he tone down the criticism and
concentrate on his own programs.
In February Hunt and Scott debated
each other in Greensboro, with each side
claiming victory. But the event saw the
governor trying to fend off Scott's
attacks, charging that many of the
challenger's questions were not worth
Throughout the campaign, Scott, like
Hunt, has tried to emphasize the
programs he implemented while serving
as governor. During his 1969-1973 tenure
the former governor reorganized state
government and the state's universities,
which led to the formation of the present
During his campaign Hunt has focused
on his accomplishments as governor and
lieutenant governor, emphasizing the
industry he has brought into the state.
The governor says his chief goal is to find
more high-paying jobs for North
Carolina residents and actively recruit
both domestic and foreign industry.
Scott says reducing state government
and making the most efficient use of tax
revenues will be his chief goal if elected.
He opposes seeking foreign investment in
One of the main issues on which the
two differ concerns the question of state
funded abortions. Hunt favors state
funded abortions for welfare recipients,
while Scott says the issue should be left up
to the woman and her physician. Both
support the Equal Rights Amendment,
but Scott says there are more important
issues and the constitutionafamendment
would not be a top priority.
Scott also says his polls indicate that he
is closing the gap on Hunt's lead, but
many observers say the governor still
looks strong going into the May 6
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County spending at issue
in commissioners race
In November, Orange County voters,
including the usually liberal voters in
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, resoundingly
rejected a $2.4 million bond referendum
that would have financed improvements
in county schools, renovations in the
Hillsborough jail and expansion of other
county facilities. ,
When the final results on the
referendum, which had been supported
by all five members of the Orange County
Boaf d bf Commissioners, were in, Efland
dairy farmer Ben Lloyd rejdiced Lloyd?
an outspoken critic of county spending,
had led the fight against the referendum.
In the current Democratic primary
race for the two open seats on the Board
of Commissioners, Lloyd once again is
depending on the appeal of a tax-slashing
platform to elect him to the party's
nomination May 6. Lloyd has challenged
current chairman of the board, Richard
Whitted; and incumbent, Don Willhoit in
the primary. Bo Dunlap, assistant
director of alumni affairs at UNC, also is
seeking one of the two party nominations
for the November general election.
"1 believe the people of Orange County
have had enough," Dunlap said. "The
foremost complaint is that the
commissioners have lost contact with the
people of the county. The county
commissioners have been acting from a
position of personal determination and
not in response to the people."
Despite both Lloyd's and Dunlap's
critical appraisal of county spending, the
two incumbents have defended the
current board's policies and have said the
county's 90-cent property tax per $100
valuation is necessary to maintain county,
UI guess the main difference is that the
incumbents are emphasizing the
evaluation of needs and attempts to meet
these needs, whereas the opponents' first
concern seems to be with taxes," Willhoit
said. Willhoit is director of the health
and safety office at UNC.
"The county has been very responsible
in addressing needs and has a reasonable
tax rate. IfdartV&lieve taxe should be
cut. The only way to cut taxes is to cut
services and I don't think there are any
services in the county that could be cut."
Whitted was first elected to the board in
1972. He works in the insurance office at
In the Republican primary for the
county board, Chapel Hill resident
Josephine Barbour is running
North Carolina holds its
election primary May 6. City
Editor Anne-Marie Downey
summarizes the state House
and Senate races and the
Orange County Board of
Commissioners race. State
and National Editor Jim
Hummel takes a look at the
governor and insurance
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" Of all the races in North Carolina this spring, the battle for
lieutenant governor could prove to be the closest, with many
voters deciding who to vote for right before they go to the polls.
The Democratic campaign pits incumbent Jimmy Green
against Speaker of the House Carl Stewart, with the winner
facing Republican William Cobey in November.
Like the governor's race, the campaigns of Green and Stewart
have concentrated on personalities rather than issues. Green, the
59-year-old veteran, served one term in the state Senate and
seven terms in the House before being elected lieutenant
governor in 1976. Stewart, 43, was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of
Duke University and Duke Law School before beginning the
first of his seven terms in the House at age 30.
Green is pictured as the conservative, both socially and
fiscally. He opposes the Equal Rights' Amendments and favors
austerity in the state budget. He also has emphasized his support
for increased drug enforcement activities at the Department of
Justice and favors a boost in state aid to private education.
Stewart, on the other hand, considers himself a moderate and
hopes to capture a significant portion of the black vote. He has
; denounced Green's portrayal of the challenger as "ultra libcraL"
and stressed the importance of a strong leader who is not
influenced by politics.
Thus far, Stewart has outspent Green, and plans to spend
close to $180,000 on a media campaign in the closing weeks of
the campaign which will center on his leadership ability.
Both Stewart and Green have hinted they will seek the office
of governor in 1984. Green would have pursued the post this
year if the state's constitution had not been amended in 1977 to
allow both the governor and lieutenant governor to gain
succession. He decided that Gov. Jim Hunt would be too strong
to challenge in 1980.
If either Stewart or Green runs for govenor in 1984, he might
find another challenger, Attorney General Rufus Edmistcn,
who currently has thrown his support behind Green. Observers
say Edmisten feels Stewart would be a stronger opponent in
1984 and therefore wants to keep him out of the lieutenant'
governor's spot, which traditionally has been a stepping stone to
the governor's position.
Aides oppose Ingram in insurance bid
"The position of insurance
commissioner doesn't have the pizzazz
and sex appeal of other races, but let me .
tell you that there is no race for public
office which is more important to the
people of North Carolina than the
campaign for insurance commissioner."
So reads a news release from one of the
candidates running for commissioner in
the May 6 primary. Half of his statement
is true other races do overshadow the
insurance commissioner's election but
this year North Carolina voters have a
lively race and may need a scorecard to
keep up with the candidates.
Three Democrats, who were at one
time strong supporters of commissioner
John Ingram, have since had a change of
heartlaiming that Ingram has become
obsessed with his own importance. Each
hopes to unseat his former boss and run
against Republican Ed Tenney this fall.
Roy Rabon of Raleigh joined the
insurance department and began his first
term in 1973, but resigned in frustration,
last June. Kenn Brown of Garner also
joined the Ingram team in 1973, rising to
the position of chief deputy
commissioner. After a dispute with
Ingram he either was fired or resigned.
Burlington attorney Jim Long joined
the department in 1975, but only stayed
for 15 months, fired by Ingram after his
re-election in 1976.
Ingram has come under attack for his
policies in recent years. In 1977 he lost a
considerable amount of power when the
General Assembly allowed the insurance
industry to impose rate increases despite
his veto, pending court review.
The power issue is a main focus of the
campaign, with Rabon, Brown and
Ingram saying the power should be
returned to the commissioner's office.
Long has taken a neutral stand.
Ingram says he has saved the state's
consumers hundreds of millions of
dollars before losing his power in 1977
and also says his opponents are
State Mouse race quiet; Senate poses contest
In the 17th district state House race, three
Democratic candidates, all of whom could be expected
to vote almost identically in the General Assembly, are
seeking the party's two nominations in the May 6
Unlike the House race, which lacks any clear issues,
the Democratic state Senate race in the 16th district
reflects a split between the two incumbents and their
The three Democratic candidates in the House race
incumbent Trish Hunt of Chapel Hill, Chapel-Hill
lawyer Joe Hackney and local realtor and Pittsboro
resident Wallace Kaufman reflect the liberal
characteristics of the 17th district, which includes
Chatham and Orange counties. All support the Equal
Rights Amendment, funding for public transportation
and more ambitious energy legislation.
But Kaufman has said there are important differences
in the candidates' experience and commitment.
Kaufman said his experience in energy issues he has
served as president of both the Conservation Council of
North Carolina and the N.C. Land Trustees, which
supports alternative energy technology and his work
as author, UNC English professor and realtor set him
apart from the other candidates.
Although Hackney said he doubted there were any
issue differences among the candidates, he said he could
serve the two-county district better than Kaufman
Hackney has served as district attorney for the two
counties and has been active in the Joint Orange
Chatham Community Action Agency.
Hunt said although each candidate had different
backgrounds they are still likely to cast the same votes in
the legislature. Hunt, who was first elected to the House
in 1972, recently was ranked by the Public Policy
Research Group as the most effective woman legislator
in the state. She was ranked 12th of 170 over all.
There is one issue reapportionment that has
sparked some differences among the candidates.
Kaufman said he supported the idea set forth by the
consumer group Common Cause that would allow a
non-partisan committee to redistrict the state according
to the 1980 census figures. While Hackney said he
thought the legislators could work with a non-partisan
advisory committee, he said the redistricting should be
left to the General Assembly. Hunt also said the
reapportionment should remain in the hands of the
legislators although a non-partisan committee could
advise the legislators.
James Stephen Blair is the only Republican House
In the state Senate race, there clearly are differences
among the candidates. The incumbents, Charles Vickery
of Orange County and Russell Walker of Randolph
County, are lined up against three Democratic
challengers. The two incumbents have expressed more
liberal views than their opponents, all of whom
described themselves as conservative candidates.
One issue that separates the incumbents from the
challengers is the Equal Rights Amendment. Both
Vickery and Walker have consistently voted for ERA.
But all of the challengers Glen R. Connor of Southern
Pines, L.L. Smithey of Randolph County and Charles
R. Sullivan of Southern Pines oppose passage of the
Connor, Smithey and Sullivan also objected to the
way in which the incumbents have represented the 16th
district, saying they would advocate a more open
government that remains in touch with its constituency.
But both Vickery and Walker said the challengers were
offering far too simple pictures of government and failed
to understand the tasks of a state senator.
There are three candidates in the Republican race for
the state Senate primary. Alice Ward of Asheboro,
Charles Adams of Randolph County and Maurice
Wilson of Asheboro are seeking their party's two
nominations. But the Republican race has failed to
generate any issue controversy. Ward, who ran
unsuccessfully for the state Senate two years ago, said
she wanted to wait until after the primary to discuss the
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