Letter: Hoping for a GOP win for governor

Steven Hawkins

The 2024 race for the governorship of North Carolina is off to a good start. There are some good candidates who are soon to make the election a year for the history books. N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is the front-runner for his party’s nomination. Stein has served as N.C. attorney general since 2017. Stein is from Wake County. He is seen as a very exceptional candidate. Another Democrat who joined in the race is former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Morgan. And Morgan announced his candidacy in September.

But the GOP has had two remarkable candidates who have come forward to compete for the 2024 GOP nomination for governor of North Carolina. And I think a member of the GOP should be voted as governor of North Carolina because we do need another Pat McCrory or James Martin as chief executive of the Tar Heel State for the good of the state of North Carolina.

Republican N.C. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is seen as the front-runner to win the party’s nomination for N.C. governor. Robinson became the first Black person to be elected to lieutenant governor of North Carolina when he beat Yvonne Lewis Holley back in 2020. I think he would not go to jail if he wins this election; and he’s very much alive in the next election. I mean I just hope that he wins this election! This would help North Carolina out very much indeed. The second person to fight for the 2024 Grand Old Party gubernatorial nomination is Andy Wells, who is a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation who also served in the N.C. Senate 2015-2020.

In an address to the Henderson County Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 7, Robinson praised the state’s $3 billion budget surplus. And on Oct. 11, Stein brought his NC Strong tour to the cities of Hickory and Asheville to connect with votes about the next election in 2024. So these two candidates have visited the Western North Carolina area many times before and will be in the area again during election 2024.

I hope a good member of the GOP emerges and is found to win the governorship of North Carolina in election year 2024. But if it isn’t one of those two GOP candidates who eventually get the nomination, I hope another great, reliable Republican candidate comes forward at the beginning of 2024 who could put the North Carolina governorship in GOP hands for the good of the Tar Heel State.

— Steven Hawkins
Greenville, S.C.


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10 thoughts on “Letter: Hoping for a GOP win for governor

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    NC Treasurer Dale Folwell is by far the most qualified candidate for NC Governor. He is rated as one of the best state money managers in the country…maybe #1. WAY qualified and non political republican.

  2. Bobby

    Yeah. We need to bring back a politician who got in trouble for buying votes and got caught doing illegal campaign funding. Smart idea. What the next bright idea? Put the fox in charge of the hen house?

  3. Lela Holliday

    Why is a guy from SC even a bleep on the radar as to what goes on in NC? Especially when SC is putting forth Nicki Haley, who is just Lindsay Graham in a skirt.

    • Robert

      Ah, but Lindsay Graham may also be Lindsay Graham in a skirt. After watching his spineless waffling and ass-kissing, many suspect that Trump has photos…

  4. Michael N

    The school children and teachers in NC need a Democrat in the Governor’s mansion to act as a check on the continuous attacks the NC legislature imposes on our schools while failing to fund any significant raise for 5+ years for the most experienced teachers. When you hear “an average pay raise of” in the GOP touted budgets, it is never that much for the 20+ year veteran teachers who have been slipping backwards when inflation is calculated. They have stopped providing materials and staff development funding for the most part, meaning your teachers pay for your kids supplies of anything beyond photocopies and computers. All this is to say without a Democrat in the Governor’s spot, schools will face even more dire cuts and lack of funding. Our kids and teachers deserve better than the GOP has given.

    • Sylvie Delaunay

      Got that right. Well, we know that keeping the masses is the ultimate GOP goal, because educated people jump the aisle. I am semi retired and work in schools.
      What I see in terms of failing kids is appalling. Sad thing is nothing that appropriate funding could not address.

  5. Douglas Williams

    Why is somebody from SC making a case about how NC should vote? I would say that NC would prefer to be more of the “new” South, more like Virginia. And would also add that SC should elect a Democratic Governor>

  6. WNC

    The Democratic candidate for Governor, Attorney General Josh Stein allowed the sale of our Mission Hospital. He could have brought a lawsuit to prevent the one bid sale, if he chose. Instead he decided to let the sale proceed and close. Down the road (way down the road) after the train wreck Attorney General Josh Stein said maybe we should do something.

    NC Treasurer Dale Folwell Has fought for transparency and fairness for North Carolina’s residents. State employees and teachers have also benefited greatly in his fight against health care insures and the hospital industry.
    Attorney General Josh Stein’s handling of the Mission hospital sale is enough to question his foresight and ability as a potential Governor.

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