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- 4The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, November 10, 1988
By JIM GREENHILL
Special to the DTH
Although Tony Rand refused to
concede the race, Jim Gardner
declared himself the winner Wednes
day in the bitter campaign for
lieutenant governor. But his problems
may only just have begun.
Gardner spoke on the campaign
and his political goals at a press
conference . and an interview
The Republican is facing a lawsuit
filed by Rand, which involves an
advertisement run by the Gardner
campaign alleging that Rand
defended drug dealers, harbored a
Bond issue's approval pleases
By MARY PARSONS
Approval of a $30 million Orange
County bond package has left
county officials ecstatic.
The package includes $22 million
for county school buildings, $7
million for the renovation of county
buildings and $1 million to pur
chase land for a reservoir.
Kim Hoke, director of school
community relations for Chapel
Hill-Carrboro City Schools, said, "I
am delighted. I thought the
response to the bond package
showed that people were aware of
the needs to adequately address
facility problems and support them
"Now the task is ours to move
as quickly and thoroughly as we can
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wanted man in his apartment and
helped the man escape to Miami.
"Had the situation been reversed,
I would not have filed that lawsuit
until after the campaign," Gardner
said. "It was a last-minute gimmick
on his part to try to pull the campaign
"You can sue anybody for anything
at anytime. The courts will have to
decide this. Every single thing in those
ads, to our knowledge, was true and
we only put it out there to let people
in this state decide exactly like he
did in his ads talking about various
things that I have done in my
lifetime," Gardner said.
to get facilities constructed."
The bond gave the school system
half of the revenue it needed, Hoke
said. The other half will be met with
state sales tax revenues, she said.
A ballpark date of 1991 has been
set for the completion of middle
school construction that will be paid
for by the bond, she said. All of
the school projects will be
addresssed simultaneously, because "
all "were needed yesterday," she
The school system intends to hire
an architect immediately to get the
projects under way, she said.
Orange County Financial Direc
tor Ellen Liston said the county
plans to sell the bonds in the spring
and begin construction of addi
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"I thought the negative campaigns
on both sides washed out. I don't
think I picked up anything, and I
don't think he picked up anything,"
By Wednesday evening, Rand
hadn't conceded and said he would
not call Gardner to congratulate him.
"I'm sorry that my opponent didn't
see fit to call me. In every campaign
that I've ever been in, win or lose,
that's been part of the process, always
to congratulate the victor," Gardner
If Gardner is officially declared the
winner, his next task is to work with
the Democrat-controlled legislature.
tional county buildings.
Orange County Commissioner
John Hartwell said he is pleased
that voters have taken an interest
in a long-term solution regarding
the reservoir. Sites at Corporation
Lake and Seven Mile Lake are
being surveyed to determine the
best possible location.
The $1 million is just enough to
buy the land for the reservoir, he
said. It will not pay for the cost
of construction of the reservoir, but
it will make an excellent start in
buying the land at today's market
value prices, he said.
The commissioners will make
their interest as a willing buyer
clearly known, but they will not run
up prices by applying pressure to
sell, Hartwell said. The land they
as "Big Bertha." She's the coldest fridge in
North Carolina's lieutenant governor
has traditionally been very powerful
because he can appoint committee
heads. He can have more power than
the governor, because the state's
governor is the only one in the
country to have no veto power.
It has been speculated that Demo
crats may try to strip Gardner of his
But if they do, "I would carry the
fight to the people of North Caro
lina," Gardner said.
"I would say, 'You've elected me
fairly. IVe tried to extend my hand.
IVe tried to work with them (the
Legislature). They don't want me to
are looking at should be up for sale
in the near future, he said.
Voter turnout in Orange County
was strong, with a 65.7 percent
turnout of registered voters. This
figure included 65.9 percent of
registered Republicans voting, 66.6
percent of registered Democrats
and 67.8 percent of the unaffiliated
voters casting ballots, officials at the
Orange County Board of Elections
The two districts encompassing
the UNC campus, Greenwood and
Country Club, reported a 55.5
percent and 35.5 percent turnout
The actual results will not be final
until they are certified by the State
Board of Elections on Nov. 29.
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replace them.' "
State legislators will be up for re
election in 1990.
"The people of North Carolina
have made it , very clear they want a
two-party state. If the General
Assembly ignores that, that would tell
the people of North Carolina that
their vote doesn't count," Gardner
said. "That would do long-term harm
to the Democratic Party."
Gardner sent a letter Wednesday
to the newly-elected state senators
congratulating them and stressing his
hopes for bipartisan government, he
"I hope to meet individually with
each one of them and talk together
. . . about what I think can be
accomplished in the next four years.
I want to meet with them, not halfway
defend Bush campaign"
By KAREN DUNN
Although Massachusetts Gov.
Michael Dukakis attributed his
presidential election loss to the
distortion of his record by President
elect George Bush, N.C. Republican
Party officials said Wednesday Bush
won the election fairly.
"George Bush ran a good cam
paign," said John Carney, commun
ications assistant for the N.C. Repub
lican Party. "People made a choice
on what they heard. Michael Dukakis
talked about George Bush, and
but two-thirds of the way, to shoVv
that we can have a bipartisan admin
istration," Gardner said.
"Let's try to improve education,
let's try to improve roads in this
state," he said. "Let's do something
about drugs. You cant do that if
you're sidelined fighting political
He said other priorities include
making the General Assembly more
open to the press and public and
working for gubernatorial veto
power, he said.
One way Gardner hopes to opem
the legislative process to the public
is by holding regular news conferen
ces. He also said he plans to invite
committee chairmen to join him at
those conferences and discuss pend
George Bush talked about Michael
Dukakis. Voters believed George
Bush and went to the polls accord
ingly." Both Bush and Dukakis ran a
campaign in which they tried to define
each other's record, and the voters
found Bush's record more favorable,
Carney said. ;.
The Dukakis campaign needs time
to reflect on what went wrong fo'r
their candidate, said Tripp Jones',
press aide for the Dukakis campaigri.
"Hindsight is always 2020," he
said. "We ran a good campaign.
We're obviously a little disappointed.
The best man didn't win the race.":
Dukakis will now concentrate on
his gubernatorial duties until his term
expires in 1990. He has not decided
whether to seek other political office,
"He loves his job and is looking
forward to getting back to it," Jones
Although Bush's negative cam
paigning had an effect on the Dukakis
defeat, the accusations made by Bush
won't be considered libelous, Jones
"The distortion and lies had an
effect on the ability of Governor
Dukakis to get his message out," he
The wide margin in the final
electoral tally was not surprising,
although the magnitude of the pop
ular vote for Bush was unexpected,
said Richard Richardson, chairman
of the political science department..;
Richardson said the presidential
campaign will probably be the last
national position Dukakis will seek;
"Hell be-playing the.role of a
Mondale-Carter, even though he ran
better than other Democrats in the
'SOs," Richardson said.
The outcome of the N.C. gover
nor's race was not surprising, because
it is common for incumbent gover
nors to be re-elected, he said.
"(The voters) saw no reason to
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conciliatory tone, except when asked
about negative campaigning and the
choice of Baker, Bush's campaign
director, as secretary of state.
"I believe in the redemption of
souls," Dukakis said.
The distortion of his record con
tributed to his defeat, Dukakis said'.
"Look, there's no question that the
negative campaigning hurt me," he
said. "I think one of the lessons of
this campaign is that you have to
respond, and you have to respond
The candidates disagreed whether
the election set a mandate for Bushl
"I don't see a mandate, not when
the House of Representatives
increased its Democratic membership
and the Senate increased its Demo
cratic membership," Dukakis said.
Bush said: "I am very pleased with
the results and I don't think it was
overly close. The latest I saw was 54
percent which I think most people
would consider a big win . . . there
fore I will take what I think the
primary issues of the campaign were
and work constructively with
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"I think it was really effective,"
Ferris said. "The goal was to find out
what people thought about proposals
and get additional proposals."
In response to the forums, student
government plans to create a student
based teaching award, which would
allow students to reward outstanding
teachers, Ferris said.
The fourth forum, "Student Learn
ing in a Research University," was
also very effective, Schwartz said. The
forum focused on the lack of under
graduate involvement in University
research and resulted in a proposal
for a new office through which such
research cooperation could be
The proposal was for "an office
specifically set up to promote,
encourage and facilitate this kind of
collaborative effort in doing
research," he said. ',
Ferris said that since many of tlie
proposals are long-term, the results
of the forum must not be forgotten
when the group of students involved
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