HIGH POINT, N.C. — North Carolina gubernatorial candidate and current Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is scheduled to hold a fundraiser with leading members of the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community this weekend.
Organizers say the event this Sunday, hosted at the High Point home of Taylorsville, N.C., furniture maker Mitchell Gold and his husband Tim Gold, is the first time a candidate for governor has held an event for the LGBT community.
“Most of us know how terrible it is having the Republican anti-LGBT politicians in power in Raleigh,” the fundraiser invite reads. “Putting our rights on the ballot was nothing less than disgraceful.”
In the invite (read the full text below), organizers also said Dalton is “our candidate to be North Carolina’s next Governor,” calling him a “champion of education” and saying he will create “a solid environment for business and all our people to prosper.”
The invite continues, “Not long ago, few politicians would want to risk being so public in support of LGBT people’s dignity and equality in our state.”
Tickets to the event cost $250, with other contribution levels at $500 for “friends,” $1,000 for “patrons,” $2,000 for “sponsors” and $4,000 for “hosts.”
Dalton has served as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2009, before which he served as a member of the North Carolina Senate from 2003 to 2009. He faces Republican challenger Pat McCrory, who served 14 years as Charlotte’s mayor.
An NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday and conducted Sept. 23-25 shows McCrory comfortably leading Dalton. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they intend on voting for McCrory, compared with Dalton’s 39 percent.
Dalton included the Greensboro gay-owned business Replacements, Ltd., in a recent campaign tour with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The fundraiser invitation
Most of us know how terrible it is having the Republican anti-LGBT politicians in power in Raleigh. Putting our rights on the ballot was nothing less than disgraceful.
Lt. Governor Walter Dalton is our candidate to be North Carolina’s next Governor. He’s a champion of education and creating a solid environment for business and all our people to prosper. He is our hope for a checks and balances in Raleigh. We need him to be elected. We need your financial help to push others to vote for him. Walter wants our support! He supports us publicly!
This is the first time our state has ever had an LGBT event for a candidate for Governor.(Of course, it is open to allies as well!) Not long ago, few politicians would want to risk being so public in support of LGBT people’s dignity and equality in our state. This will be a very special opportunity to meet with Lt. Gov. Dalton and enjoy a terrific meal with friends and family.
Please Join: John Arrowood, Lee Carter & Greg Bradley, Bob Page & Dale Frederiksen, Joni Madison & Gina Kilpatrick, Andrew Spainhour, Mitchell & Tim Gold, Bob Williams & Stephen Heavner
For a Reception Honoring:
Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton
Sunday, September 30, 2012
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
At the High Point home of
Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams
Exceptional meal prepared by MGBW Executive Chef Sean Robinson
Host $4,000 • Sponsor $2,000 • Patron $1,000
Friend $500 • Supporter $250
(*Minimum contribution $250 per person)
If you cannot attend, but want to support Walter, please contribute online or send a check to Dalton for Governor, P.O. Box 1696, Raleigh, NC 27602. Thank you!