The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Endorses Walter Dalton for Governor

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With election season among us, the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association has made some key endorsements in this year's races.

NCPBA President, Randy Byrd with Court of Appeals Judge Linda McGee

We are proud to endorse Walter Dalton for Governor. He has a proven track record of working with and for law enforcement during his public service career. A vote for Walter Dalton is a vote for these officers and the citizens they serve.

On Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2012, the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Inc., held candidate screenings for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Council of State, and Appellate Court Office.

All candidates were invited to attend and were asked questions important to the law enforcement community that will help them to best protect and serve the citizens for whom they risk their lives daily.

After careful consideration and review, the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, Inc. has chosen to endorse Walter Dalton for Governor. When asked about the PBA’s endorsement of Walter Dalton for Governor, NCPBA President Randy Byrd said, “We are proud to endorse Walter Dalton for Governor. He has a proven track record of working with and for law enforcement during his public service career. A vote for Walter Dalton is a vote for these officers and the citizens they serve.”

Other key Endorsements were made in the following races: Lieutenant Governor, Commissioner of Labor, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Treasurer

Lieutenant Governor – Linda Coleman

Commissioner of Labor – Marlowe Foster

Superintendent of Public Instruction – June Atkinson

Treasurer – Jane Cowell

North Carolina Police Benevolent Association announces support for NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals candidates

Along with the previous endorsements, the PBA has also announced their support for candidates running for NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The PBA’s endorsement of judicial candidates continues to be the most comprehensive and successful process of any law enforcement association effort. PBA endorsed judges continue to make landmark decisions that are improving conditions for North Carolina law enforcement officers. The NCPBA believes that while federal courts were once the primary forum for adjudicating constitutional and civil rights claims of law enforcement officers, federal courts have become hostile to officers in many areas of law. PBA attorneys have had great success in bringing PBA cases to North Carolina courts. As a result, there have been some enlightening decisions which have opened doors for application of the North Carolina Constitution in the state courts. Before these efforts, very few, if any, state constitutional claims were being considered regarding the application of the North Carolina Constitution to protect the rights of North Carolina police officers. As a result, more judicial candidates are better versed on the importance of the North Carolina Constitution and its potential for impact on the law enforcement profession.

This year’s Supreme Court and appellate races include many outstanding candidates who expressed genuine respect of the law enforcement profession and clear understanding of how the North Carolina Constitution protects the rights of law enforcement officers. Candidates seeking the PBA endorsement met with a screening committee to discuss the following issues: state constitutional claims; constitutional interpretation; due process; Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment; privacy of law enforcement personnel files; and First Amendment protection for law enforcement officers. Based on the screening committee’s recommendations and a vote of the Division board, the PBA chose to endorse the following candidates for the primary election on May 8th.

NC Court of Appeals (Bryant Seat) – Wanda Bryant
NC Court of Appeals (McGee Seat) – Linda McGee
NC Court of Appeals (Thigpen Seat) – Cressie Thigpen
NC Supreme Court (Newby Seat) – Sam Ervin IV

According to NC Division President Randy Byrd, “These candidates clearly understand the values of the PBA and fundamentally believe they should be treated fairly as they do their jobs.”

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, Inc. is a division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc., a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to improving the law enforcement profession. PBA members are full-time or retired employees of the various federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement and correctional agencies in North Carolina. This professional association, funded by membership dues and citizen contributions, provides legal, legislative, disciplinary and other representation to member officers as well as a salary replacement death benefit to members’ beneficiaries. The PBA prohibits members from engaging in or condoning any strike by law enforcement officers, electing instead to represent members through aggressive political action. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ncpba.org.

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