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Perdue's Promises: The Arts

Gov. Beverly Perdue promised to focus on the arts.

In a page on her campaign Web site, Perdue gave a few general goals and made a few specific promises:

* Promote collaboration between the N.C. departments of Commerce, Environment and Natural Resources and Cultural Resources on the arts.

* Expand the Main Street program to help towns involve creative businesess and nonprofits in downtown redevelopment.

* Support a "smart, fair system" to help local arts groups recapitalize hundreds of community facilities across the state.

She also said she would protect and develop cultural heritage sites, support and expand arts education and "hear the voice of the arts community."


Another name for Environment

A former lobbyist's name has surfaced for Environment Secretary.

Alexander "Sandy" Sands III is reportedly under consideration by Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue for the Cabinet post heading the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

A lobbyist with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, Sands has been ranked one of the top in the state by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

Others in the running include fellow Womble Carlyle lawyer John Garrou, state Sen. Dan Clodfelter, current secretary Bill Ross, corporate consultant Freda Porter, transportation board member Nina Szlosberg, Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss, parks director Lewis Ledford and former secretary Bill Holman.

Update: Greenbridge developer Tim Toben has also been mentioned.

The last glass ceilings in N.C.

There are only a handful of glass ceilings left in North Carolina.

As of this November, women have been successfully elected to nearly all of the statewide positions and have served in a number of appointed posts as well.

But a few glass ceilings remain, mostly in the legislature and in law enforcement.

HOUSE SPEAKER: No woman has served as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives.

SENATE LEADER: No woman has led the Senate, either when the lieutenant governor had most of the power or more recently when the Senate president pro tem became more powerful. (Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue served as lieutenant governor when that role had fewer responsibilities.)

LEGISLATIVE MAJORITY: Women have never held the majority of seats in either the House or Senate.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: No woman has been elected the state's top cop.

CRIME CONTROL SECRETARY: No woman has overseen the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, a member of the governor's Cabinet.

CORRECTION SECRETARY: No woman has been appointed to head the state Department of Correction.

In addition, no woman has served as state insurance commissioner, though that job has been held by Jim Long for decades so few men have had the chance either; or as secretary of Environment and Natural Resources or secretary of Transportation, two appointed positions.

Beyle: Just a matter of time for women

Thad Beyle says women will break through the remaining glass ceilings soon.

The longtime UNC-Chapel Hill professor of political science told Dome that he thinks it's just a matter of time before women serve in the few state posts left that have been all-male.

Among appointed positions, there have been no female secretaries of Environment and Natural Resources, Transportation, Crime Control, Correction or Juvenile Justice. Among elected posts, there has been no female commissioner of insurance or attorney general.

Beyle said that Cabinet positions require a pool of qualified candidates and a governor who thinks women can do the job. There have been more of both in recent years, he argued.

"It will take a little while for women to move through the ranks because there has been a bias in males being elected and selected," he said.

He said women have done better in positions — such as Cultural Resources secretary — that are not necessarily viewed as central to the governor's administration because politicians may be simply looking to add a woman to their Cabinet.

"I think that could be something where they say, 'Well, we'll put a woman in there,'" he said.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated Council of State positions that have not been held by women. 

Donations from Environment contenders

How much did the candidates for Environment Secretary give?

Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue will not necessarily make decisions on who to appoint to her Cabinet based on campaign donations, but that's not to say there's no link between the two.

Here's a quick list of donations from the top contenders:

Bill Ross, current secretary: $4,000, most recently on Oct. 2.

Freda Porter, corporate consultant: $4,000, most recently on Oct. 10.

John Garrou, husband of Sen. Linda Garrou: Nothing, but Senator Garrou's campaign fund gave $3,000, most recently on April 18.

Sen. Dan Clodfelter's campaign, $2,000 on Sept. 26.

Nina Szlosberg, transportation board member: $1,500, most recently on Oct. 16.

Dome could find no donations from former DENR Secretary Bill Holman, parks director Lewis Ledford, Conservation Trust Director Reid Wilson or Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss, although his wife Michelle gave $50 on Sept. 4.

Garrou also up for Environment?

One more name has surfaced for Environment Secretary.

John Garrou, a former managing partner of white shoe law firm Womble Carlyle and the husband of Sen. Linda Garrou of Winston-Salem, was reportedly also under consideration for the job. 

He joins a long list of names, including current Secretary Bill Ross, Sen. Dan Clodfelter, parks director Lewis Ledford, former Secretary Bill Holman, Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss, conservationist Reid Wilson, transportation board member Nina Szlosberg and consultant Freda Porter.

Betts: Clodfelter a good choice

Jack Betts adds his two cents to the speculation on Environment secretary.

Responding to a post in Dome yesterday, the Charlotte Observer columnist said he thinks Sen. Dan Clodfelter would be a good choice for the Cabinet post.

Clodfelter is a highly knowledgeable workhorse on a variety of issues, including the environment. He was a key player in the long campaign to adopt better stormwater runoff rules. He's also an effective senator and skilled legislator, so if he were appointed, it would be a loss to the Senate for his expertise and judgment — but a gain for the administration for the same reasons. 

One more name for Environment

Dome has heard one more name for the secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.

Sen. Dan Clodfelter, a five-term Charlotte Democrat who currently sits on the Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, is reportedly interested in the job.

He joins a long list of names, including current Secretary Bill Ross, parks director Lewis Ledford, former Secretary Bill Holman, Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss, conservationist Reid Wilson, transportation board member Nina Szlosberg and consultant Freda Porter.

Yet another name for Environment

One more name has surfaced for Environment Secretary.

Darryl Moss was recently appointed to the N.C. Environmental Management Commission, where he sits on committees on air quality, groundwater and water management.

A client manager with Champion Solutions Group in Raleigh, he has been mayor of Creedmoor since 1999.

Previously: Environmentalists suggest names; insiders also mentioned.

Possible names for Environment post

Who might serve as Environment Secretary?

Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue has not made any announcements yet on her Cabinet pick to lead the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Current Secretary Bill Ross, who has served since 2001, is reportedly interested in sticking around and did not rule it out when asked by Dome recently.

Other names that have come up with varying degrees of likelihood: Lewis Ledford and Bill Holman. 

Ledford currently works as director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, which oversees state parks.

Holman served as executive director of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund until last year, when he left to become a visiting scholar at Duke University.

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