2012 NC candidate comparison

Comparison of state-level candidates in North Carolina general election on Nov. 6, 2012

Questions 1–6 are from the North Carolina Family Policy Council's Voter Guide General Election 2012 at ncfamily.org/voterguide2012. For more information about candidates and issues, see the voter guide.

In the table candidates below, each candidate's name links to their website.

Note on personhood and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

In recent years the pro-life movement has placed increased emphasis on the personhood of all human beings. Personhood was a crucial issue in Roe v. Wade. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.”


  1. Should the State Constitution be amended to provide that: "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State?"
  2. Should parents who educate their children in non-public schools be eligible for a tax credit, voucher, or tax deduction from the state?
  3. Should organizations that provide abortions be allowed to receive state funds?
  4. Should it be legal for human embryos to be used for research purposes?
  5. Should it be legal for a medical professional to assist another person in ending their life?
  6. Should homosexuals as a group receive the same special legal protections against discrimination in areas like employment and housing as those given to other groups based on characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability?
  7. Do you support a personhood amendment to the North Carolina Constitution? (An example of such an amendment is as follows:
    Sec. 38. Person defined. As used in sections 1 and 19 of article I of the state constitution, the terms "person" or "persons" shall include any human being from the moment of conception. Conception is defined as "fertilization or the functional equivalent thereof.")
  8. Do you support redistricting in NC that creates simple, compact districts that don't favor one party over another?
  9. Do you support making it easier for candidates who are not Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian to run for public office in NC?
  10. Do you support nullifying the Obamacare individual mandate in North Carolina?
  11. Do you support freedom of religion re prayers offered in the NC General Assembly (for example, no ban on praying in the name of Jesus)?
  12. Do you support legislation requiring that genetically engineered foods sold in NC be labeled as such?
    (This would be similar to Proposition 37, which is on the general election ballot in California this year.)
Candidate Questions Contact information
NC Governor 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Walter H. Dalton (D) no response no response info@walterdalton.org
Pat McCrory (R) Y Y N N N N no response info@patmccrory.com
Barbara Howe (L) N Y N Y Y Y no response howe4governor@gmail.com
Donald Kreamer (write-in) U1 Y2 N3 U Y2 U2 N3 Y Y Y Y Y kreamer2012@gmail.com
NC Lieutenant Governor 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Linda D. Coleman (D) no response no response info@lindacoleman.org
Dan Forest (R) Y Y N N N N Y no response dan@danforest.com
NC Auditor 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Beth A. Wood (D) no response no response beth.wood.nc@gmail.com
Debra Goldman (R) Y Y N N N N no response Debra@DebraGoldmanNC.com
NC Commissioner of Insurance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Wayne Goodwin (D) N1 N1 Y1 N U1 Y no response info@waynegoodwin.org
Mike Causey (R)2 Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y GoCausey@aol.com
  1. Kreamer commented, "I would have to say yes to the fact that the people voted for it to be so. I would have to say no in accordance with the Prime Law which would not allow anyone to force the religious beliefs of one group onto an individual."
  2. See comments at ncfamily.org/voterguide2012/docs/nc-council/nc-governor/donald-kreamer.pdf.
  3. Kreamer commented, "Women should have the right to choose, and funds should be made available to those who need them, but funds should be developed in ways other than the tax base."
  4. See comments at ncfamily.org/voterguide2012/docs/nc-council/nc-commissioner-of-insurance/wayne-goodwin.pdf.
  5. Causey answered yes to all seven questions in the American Right to Life (ARTL) 2012 Pro-life Candidate Survey at http://americanrtl.org/2012-candidate-survey and is endorsed by ARTL.

Candidate Questions Contact information
NC Commissioner of Agriculture 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Walter Smith (D) no response Y NR NR NR Y walter_smith@votewaltersmith.com
Steve Troxler (R) Y Y N N N Y no response andy@stevetroxler.com
NC Commissioner of Labor 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
John C. Brooks (D) See response at ncfamily.org no response nbrooks37@bellsouth.net
Cherie Berry (R) no response no response cherie@cherieberry.com
NC Secretary of State 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Elaine Marshall (D) no response no response info@elainemarshall.com
Ed Goodwin (R) Y Y N N N N Y no response ed@goodwin2012.com
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction
June Atkinson (D) no response no response june@juneatkinsonnc.com
John Tedesco (R) Y Y N U3 U4 U5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Tedesco4kids@gmail.com
NC Treasurer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Janet Cowell (D) no response no response janetrayecowell@gmail.com
Steve Royal (R) no response no response royal4nc@gmail.com
  1. Tedesco later clarified that the only human embryonic research that should be legal involves already dead embryos, not killing living embryos.
  2. Tedesco later clarified that such assistance should be legal only in cases involving removing artificial life support, not assisted suicide.
  3. He later clarified that he believes in equal protection of the laws for all persons, including homosexuals, but no special protection for homosexuals.

Candidate Questions Contact information
NC State Senate District 22 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Mike Woodard (D) N N Y Y Y Y no response mike@mikewoodard.com
Milton Holmes (R) no response N Y Y U Y1 Y DMHolmes4@webtv.net
NC State House District 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
W.A. (Winkie) Wilkins (D) no response no response Winkie.Wilkins@ncleg.net
Timothy Karan (R) Y U N U Y N no response timkaran.nchouse2@gmail.com
  1. Holmes responded, "yes; altho my analysis is to substitute "allah", and would i like hearing that propaganda."
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