Dority ends bid for office

Published 8:18 pm Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Greg Dority is not seeking a second primary to select the Republican candidate to take on State Auditor Beth Wood in the Nov. 6 general election.

Dority, a Beaufort County resident and former congressional candidate, came in second behind Debra Goldman in the May 8 GOP primary to pick a Republican candidate to take on Wood. Goldman collected 34.35 percent of the vote in the May 8 primary with Dority garnering 23.82 percent of the vote.

In a telephone call to the Daily News on Wednesday afternoon, Dority explained his decision to not request a second primary.

“There are, basically, two reasons,” he said. “The first is having been in a runoff before, I know what an aggressive campaign does to the candidates. With the runoff this year extended to July, the feeling is that whatever candidate emerged would be so weakened we would have difficulty in winning the state in November.”

Dority also discussed the decision-making process that resulted in him not seeking a second primary.

“We’ve spent the last few days looking at the numbers and the political-science side of the equation. The conclusion we’ve come to is that the absolute best we could do with an aggressive voter-awareness campaign would be to get this thing down to about a coin flip,” Dority said. “With most of the vote in the western part of the state due to runoffs in (congressional districts) 8, 9 and 11, we decided (Wednesday) afternoon that the best thing to do would be to step aside and give my opponent (Goldman) a running start at the November general election.”

Dority has never held elective office, but he has been a candidate for multiple offices since 2002. The offices he has sought include U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District and lieutenant governor.

Dority’s last campaign was in 2010, against U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C. Watt achieved re-election. Last November, Dority said he intended to run against North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, but, this year, he made it known he’d changed his mind after receiving advice from GOP officials.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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