Under the Dome

Ron Elmer gets key endorsement from SEANC in treasurer’s race

The political arm of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, or SEANC, has made its pick in the state treasurer’s race.

EMPAC, the association’s political action committee, announced Tuesday that it’s endorsing Democrat Ron Elmer, a CPA from Cary who has sought the position before.

Elmer is facing Raleigh attorney and former Wake County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Blue III in the Democratic primary on March 15. Blue is the son of longtime state Sen. Dan Blue. The winner of the primary will face Republican Dale Folwell, a former legislator and head of the Employment Security Commission.

EMPAC picked Elmer over Blue and Folwell following a forum attended by all three candidates. The treasurer’s office oversees the State Health Plan and the state retirement system – meaning state employees have a major interest in who replaces current treasurer Janet Cowell.

“It was clear that Ron Elmer had the knowledge and skills needed to fairly work with state employees as state treasurer,” said EMPAC chairman Tony Smith in a news release. “His pledge to save taxpayers more than $100 million annually in investment fees through better management of the retirement system is sorely needed. We look forward to working with him to cut cost and provide stability to the State Health Plan as well.”