RALEIGH - Outgoing Democratic Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton has a new job, although it's not the one he had hoped for this January.
Dalton said he would teach a class on Southern politics at Gardner-Webb University. The university is a liberal arts, Christian college in Boiling Springs, not far from Dalton's hometown of Rutherfordton. The attorney also said he would serve as special counsel to the schools president Frank Bonner.
Dalton ran for governor in 2012 and lost on Election Day to Republican Pat McCrory, who gets sworn in on Saturday, Jan. 5. He entered the race late after Governor Beverly Perdue announced she wouldn't seek re-election.
Dalton was a state senator for 12 years before getting elected lieutenant governor in 2008. Dalton's successor - Republican Dan Forest - gets sworn in on Monday, Jan. 7.
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