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Mailing Addresses:

The Committee to Elect Dan Forest
PO Box 471845
Charlotte, NC 28247
4441 Six Forks Rd
Box 106-206
Raleigh, NC


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  • Teresa Everhart
    commented 2019-06-01 22:03:48 -0400
  • Andrew Witner
    commented 2018-12-14 08:15:44 -0500
    The following is an E-mail that I sent to Chancellor Folt and the UNC board of Govrenors:

    I am writing you as a concerned North Carolina citizen as well as the parent of a sophomore at UNC. I was very saddened, angry, and frustrated to see that a small mob of students were allowed to violently destroy property because they unilaterally decided that laws and processes do not apply to them. They wanted what they wanted and so felt entitled to tear down a statue, evidently without any fear of reprisal.

    I say that they were “allowed,” because it was obvious to observers at the time and has now been confirmed, that this act of vandalism took much collaboration among many leaders in law enforcement, government, and the University. One only had to see the policeman standing by doing nothing to know that there was little effort to stop this.

    Let’s forget for a moment what the statue signified. In our society, we don’t get to destroy that which offends us. There is a process, but entitled students and other citizens have become more emboldened and believe that they do not have to abide by rules. If they can’t influence laws by free and open elections, they throw a tantrum and take matters into their own hands and create laws on the spot via mob rule. No doubt they were encouraged by similar acts of vandalism at Duke University that went unpunished.

    I have several questions of you in the aftermath of this despicable act:

    1. We know that there was at least one UNC student involved in this act. Will they be allowed to stay in school? There is ample video of the events, so identifying the offenders is not an issue. The fact that this question even needs to be asked is bothersome to me.

    2. If they are getting any type of scholarship, will that be revoked? If #1 above is handled correctly, #2 should take care of itself.

    3. Will perpetrators be required to make restitution for the damage they caused?

    4. Will they be tried criminally in a court of law?

    5. Now that the precedent has been set that some laws in Chapel Hill will not be enforced, how will we know which laws will be enforced and which will not? What should I advise my son, who is a citizen of your town, on the application of laws? Should he just make his best guess?

    6. What criteria will be used to determine which laws you will allow students and other citizens to break on your campus in the future?

    7. Do mobs get to determine what laws are adhered to in the future? What if there are competing mobs that have different viewpoints? Does the larger, more violent mob get to decide?

    Chancellor, this is a pivotal moment for you, the University, the City of Chapel Hill, and the State of North Carolina. Your actions, or lack of actions, will lay the groundwork for this mob rule mentality far into the future. If you allow this act to go unpunished, or given a “slap on the wrist,” you will be giving approval for future violent acts. These acts will grow bolder and potentially more dangerous. You all had a chance to do the right thing by stopping this action before it started. It took hours of preparation at the statue sight to eventually bring it down and, thanks to the stand down order to the police, the criminals were given free reign to do just that.

    You have now placed yourselves and all of us in a very precarious position. Currently you are having discussions to decide what to do with the Silent Sam statue. Unfortunately, remedies that were available before the vandalism (to be determined by the historical committee) are not nearly as available to you today, such as moving the statue to a museum, or other location on campus. Now, if you do anything other than place Silent Sam back in its original location, the mob wins. The mob won at Duke. So far, it looks like the mob is winning in Chapel Hill.

    As a concerned parent and citizen, I ask you to send a clear, unambiguous message that mob rule has no place in our society and certainly not on any of the UNC campuses, no matter how passionate someone feels about an issue. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


    Andrew M. Witner


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    commented 2017-02-22 01:22:10 -0500
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  • Sheri Ginett
    commented 2016-11-01 15:10:20 -0400
    I was almost run off the road in Raleigh by some old guy with Dan forest signs all over his car. You should really think about the people you have representing you
  • Cole Sanders
    commented 2016-10-25 19:15:24 -0400
    Dear Mr. Dan Forest,

    On behalf of Magellan Charter School, I am writing to invite you to attend “Magellan’s Political Showcase” on Friday, November 4th, 2016 From 9-10:30AM at Magellan Charter School, 9324 Bailiwick Rd. Raleigh, Nc 27613.

    Every student has prepared a display for one of the races in this year’s election. I am working the Lieutenant Governor race. Candidates for many races have also been invited and the event will resemble a school science fair in the gym.

    I invite you to speak to the school about the importance of the office you are running for and the importance of voting.

    If interested please contact the school at (919) 844-0277 and ask to talk to Mr. Baker.

    Thank You,

    Cole Sanders

    8th Grade Student

    Magellan Charter School
  • Susan Schultz
    commented 2015-10-16 13:43:51 -0400
    I want to say how impactful the David Jeremiah rally was starting with your prayer to open the event. I am so encouraged with the upcoming elections that we have Christians in office and running for office and I think our time to stand up and to pray for our country and our leaders has never been more important. Thank you for words and your passion in your prayer last night. You and your family will be in my prayers.
  • Myrna Meehan
    commented 2015-08-28 12:09:07 -0400
    I am trying to request Lt. Gov. Dan Forest for a speaking event for the North Mecklenburg Republican Women’s Club. We are scheduling for 2016. I would also like Hal Weatherman’s email for information on running successful campaigns.
  • Edward Howard
    commented 2015-08-25 12:33:20 -0400
    Lt. Gov Dan, I recently saw your talk about how NC has reduced taxes. How did you improve the income tax? A flat income tax is not sufficient. Are you aware of The Fair Tax that is now being considered by SC and other states? It is a consumption tax and greatly improves the the collection of taxes by eliminating all income tax. Look at the website www.fairtax.org. Can you implement this improvement?
  • Ray Duncombe
    commented 2015-08-11 22:19:47 -0400
    I’ve heard rumors that you are against the toll lanes in Charlotte, but I have never heard you publicly say anything about them. Here is your chance. Read the article at the following link and then share it, tweet it, do something to show the people in the Lake Norman Region that you want to stop this travesty:

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    commented 2015-06-24 02:29:21 -0400

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  • Dana Kaminer Haulbrook
    commented 2015-06-17 14:21:07 -0400
    On January 26 2015, Bobo, a beautiful, 2 ½ yr old purebred golden retriever, was adopted out by Cumberland County Animal Shelter (NC) AFTER the shelter manager and the adopters were notified he had an owner who had been searching for him. Rather than attempting to contact the owner, as required by law, the shelter proceeded to allow Chris Eaton to complete paperwork and leave the shelter with Bobo. When Mr Eaton was asked why he would take a dog knowing he already had a family, he stated, ‘we can give him a better home’.

    Within 24 hours, Bobo’s owner learned the Eatons had Bobo and immediately reached out to them; sending pictures of Bobo with his family and pleading with the Eatons to let him come home. Friends and neighbors of the Eatons and many people in the community tried to persuade the Eatons to return Bobo to his family. These efforts have been ignored.

    Following a news segment that aired on February 11th, 2015 on WRAL, Robin Eaton stated in an email to WRAL, ‘If the other side of the story was, in fact, shared with you and you speak with them; we welcome the opportunity to speak further with you as well’ however, Mrs. Eaton has not followed through and continues to refuse to talk to Bobo’s family.

    What makes this situation even more tragic is that two little girls are devastated over the loss of their best friend. See, Bobo really belongs to a single mom and her two young daughters. Bobo has been with them since he was a puppy and is the only dog they have known. He has always been a very important part of their family. Bobo was well taken care of, much loved, up-to-date on vaccinations and legally registered with the county. So the question remains, why would the Eatons feel they could give him a better home? Does being a single mom make you less of a home or incompetent to care for an animal? Because that’s really the only difference I see in the Eatons home and the home that Bobo has been in since he was a baby.

    It has been five (5) very long months that this family has been suffering and heartbroken. Not a day goes by that the little girls don’t ask about Bobo. Many tears have been shed. Many prayers have been said. The community and people from all over the country have rallied together in support of Bobo being returned to his family. Bobo’s story has been shared by local news and radio stations. A facebook support group has been formed which currently has over 500 members. Bobo supporters have purchased digital ads to play on local billboards, sent postcards to over 300 people in the community and handed out nearly 1,000 flyers. There are days when we feel like Bobo will never go home. We get frustrated over the ‘good-ole-boy’ system that rules this town. We get bullied at our jobs and on social media…and you know what? We refuse to give up. There is strength in numbers and Bobo’s support group is made up of compassionate (and resilient) people who believe animals are part of the family. We WILL be a voice for Bobo and his girls.… will you?

    Please consider covering this story. Even a brief segment online would be very much appreciated. We are up against a town where the family who has Bobo and the shelter director are very influential. Bobo and the girls need your help.

    Thank you for your consideration.


    Dana Kaminer-Haulbrook
  • Michael Mcdowell
    commented 2015-06-11 17:55:12 -0400
    It’s nice to have a man with character in office. I wish you were our Governor.
  • Michael Mcdowell
    commented 2015-06-11 17:50:14 -0400
  • Tami Kincer
    commented 2015-06-04 13:12:04 -0400
    Dear Lt. Governor Dan,

    We send a sincere thank-you on behalf of our veterans and their families for your tireless efforts to improve health treatment to the level in which they deserve. To serve those who first served us with their sacrifice for our country’s safety and freedom.

    I wish to extend a personal invitation for you to visit The Independence Fund Hyperbaric and Wellness Center (IFHWC) in Huntersville NC. The IFHWC is a non-profit organization that takes a multi-faceted drug free approach to helping those suffering from TBI, PTSD and other injuries sustained during their service to our country.

    Attached you find a letter drafted by several Congressmen and recently delivered to Secretary Robert McDonald of the Veteran’s Administration. We also had we had an opportunity to conduct a conference call addressing the GAO team just this week. It would be an honor to have you visit our facility to see first-hand the work we do for our nation’s heroes and meet veterans currently receiving treatment. I look forward to meeting you soon!
  • former republican
    commented 2015-06-02 18:14:54 -0400
    i don’t think we’re in it together if you want to turn upside down the safe and secure abortion laws that nc has now.

    i hope the gov. honors his pledge not to make changes in the current law.

    i voted republican but you guys and many of your actions have me reconsidering. i’m not the only one.
  • Doris Hammett
    commented 2015-05-15 17:15:39 -0400
    Dear Ian:

    I am following Lt Governor Dan Forest’s positions carefully. I feel that North Carolina’s future is in the education of the students of today. I have mixed feelings concerning the Republican actions as related to public education.

    The National Education Association reported in the years 2013-2014.

    The largest percentage enrollment changes from fall 2012 to fall 2013 were in North Carolina (4.1%), which ranked number one.

    Adjusting for inflation, thirty-four states saw real declines in average teacher salaries over those years. North Carolina ranked Number one at (-17.4%)

    I dislike political parties playing the numbers game. I want real support of education from our legislators. I look forward to watching what you say and what you do.

    Doris B. Hammett, MD
  • Ed Gavin
    commented 2015-02-26 15:19:54 -0500
    Dear Mr. Forest: For the second time now I’ve had the privilege of hearing an information-packed address, this time at the Wake GOP precinct organizing meeting on 23 February at the State Fairgrounds. I’d really enjoy having a copy of your remarks delivered on that occasion, and I look forward to hearing you speak again. Regards. Ed Gavin (Chair, Wake GOP House District 34)
  • Craig Jackson
    commented 2014-12-03 00:11:56 -0500
    Do not have any yet. I may by 2016.
  • Joe Rumsey
    commented 2014-11-29 08:06:19 -0500
    Monday at 1 pm

    upper right corner link to meeting as called below

    Hearing to stop dumbing down of our public schools HISTORY curriculum

    please wade in Dan…we need to be heard loud and clear to counter Progressives in NC

    Joe Rumsey New Hanover County GOP Treasurer (retired engineer) and a big supporter of your 2020 education plan for North Carolina
  • Larry Pope
    commented 2014-10-22 19:34:33 -0400
    Keep up the good work ! We are new to North Carolina but what is happening here sounds similar to what happened while we were living in California—that is, the voters voted to define “marriage” as between a man and a woman, as God directed in His Word, but then the courts over-ruled the voters and redefined marriage in their own terms. We encourage you to continue your actions in support of the majority of the voters, and God’s Word.

    Larry & Connie Pope
  • Billie Jones
    commented 2014-10-22 09:35:56 -0400
    By over turning the ban on same sex marriage, this oppresses my vote. To fire a magistrate for not preforming a same sex marriage why was our NC attorney general not fired for upholding the laws of NC?
  • Billie Jones
    commented 2014-10-22 09:35:55 -0400
    By over turning the ban on same sex marriage, this oppresses my vote. To fire a magistrate for not preforming a same sex marriage why was our NC attorney general not fired for upholding the laws of NC?
  • Dick West
    commented 2014-10-15 17:55:23 -0400
    Dan Forest;

    I am on your side and need your quick strong support in helping to influence an injunction holding off the Widen I-77 fiasco with Centra and NCDOT. Resolution must be delayed until all of the real information is made public. There are so-so many issues under the covers with this that it “smacks” of collusion somewhere. Please, influence to the issueuance of an injunction until these facts are known and we do not become a Centra and Associates travesty as has part of Indiana. Help Please.

    Dick West
  • Mitchell Nicholaides
    commented 2014-10-12 12:02:05 -0400
    Thank you for your Oct. 11 e-mail making clear that Max Cogburn usurped power that the U. S. Constitution “reserved to the States…or to the people.” True

    marriage has been favored by governments throughout history because it produces children and best nurtures them. Both are essential to the continued existence of any nation. If proponents of same-sex “marriage” have right on their side, why do they have to resort to the coercion of judicial tyranny? You

    ask us to join you “in standing against judicial tyranny.” Yes, I intend to do what I can. May God bless you, Thom Tillis, and Phil Berger.
  • Louis Stannard
    commented 2014-10-11 15:42:47 -0400
    God bless you for your letter regarding judges usurping power. Please read my article, “Our Freefall into Tyranny,” https://fttf.sharepoint.com/Pages/AFreefallintoTyranny.aspx on the same subject. Judicial and executive overreach resonates across a broad spectrum of what is wrong with government today. If only you could get the GOP across the country to cease acquiescing to judicial overreach.
  • Anna Bradshaw
    commented 2014-08-25 16:10:11 -0400
  • Andre Knecht
    commented 2014-08-01 13:01:23 -0400
    I hope now that the teachers are receiving a pay increase student performance will also increase. I doubt it will. Many businesses I know still struggle monthly to pay employees who have not received a raise in years. The public sector should not have it better than the private sector. There was a time one did not what a government job over a private sector one…boy how times have changed.
  • Kathleen Whitfield
    commented 2014-07-25 17:51:13 -0400
    The more I hear and read about Mr Forest, the better I like him.
  • Brooke Dalton
    commented 2014-05-29 15:09:22 -0400
    Please continue your fight against common core. As a family, we are starting to see more and more how much this is negatively effecting our education system in North Carolina. We do not need the federal government controlling our local government. You have our complete support as you stand against this policy that is simply unconstitutional! Please let us know if we can help you in this matter in any way!
  • Lauren Gardner
    commented 2014-03-03 13:53:25 -0500
    Dear Lt. Governor Forest,

    My name is Lauren Gardner. I want to thank you for fighting to get rid of Common Core. I had never heard of Common Core until this year when my daughter was in the 3rd grade and started coming home with strange worksheets that were titled “Commom Core Standards for English Language Arts.” I started to look into Common Core, and the more I researched the more I knew I did not want any part of it for my children. I watched as my intelligent daughter struggled with the new Common Core math that required them to “unpack” a simple subtraction problem into a million steps that by the time they get to the answer it is wrong because of all the steps they had to go through to “unpack.” The students are not required to memorize basic math facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division that they will need to use throughout their lifetimes. I could go on and on with the things I saw happening at her school as far as the Common Core curriculum is concerned. In October, we decided to pull our daughter out of the public school, and we started homeschooling. It was the best decision we have ever made, however I never thought in a million years that we would be homeschooling. I was not about to sit back and watch my daughter struggle with the new Common Core curriculum that was never even field tested to determine if it was effective. This one size fits all approach assumes all children learn the same thing at the same time in the same method. This method of teaching places value on production instead of value on the person. The standards were developed by non-educators, and they are not developmentally appropriate. For example, 1st graders are asked to write opinions and use reasoning skills that this age group has not even developed yet. This is a well thought out continuation of the dumbing down of America. The Federal government wants kids to all think the same way which is government mind control, and this seperates children from their own parents and religious values. For example, I can’t tell you how many parents I talk to that are still in the public school system that are unable to help their children with basic math because of the new way the Common Core standards require the children to do the problems. This is crazy! It is basic math. Another example of this was a project at my daughter’s school that asked them to re-create the hundred dollar bill by first taking out “In God We Trust.” On top of all this the Data Collection Base that is part of Common Core seems unconstitutional. They are tracking each childs religion and party affiliation (just to name a few areas that the government will be tracking form Kindergarten all the way up to College). We the tax payers are paying for this! Now the government is trying to force Homeschoolers to have to take the same end of grade test based on Common Core Standards. If enough states pull out, Common Core will fizzle out. We need to increase awareness of what Common Core is all about. The teachers at my daughter’s school were told that Common Core is to help those students that have to move a lot so that they will be able to easily jump right in and pick up where they left off. This is not the truth. This is the governement taking over education. I am all for standards, but they should be tested and made by educators. I had a great public education experience. I hope we can find a way for all children to be successful, but Common Core is NOT the answer. Be assured that you have our continued support.


    Lauren Gardner