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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today was the first full day of Walter Dalton’s campaign for governor. He spent part of it here in the Cape Fear.

The current lieutenant governor visited Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington a day after filing to run. Dalton says his game plan changed when Gov. Bev Perdue announced she would not run for re-election.

The Democrat says he plans to work well with both parties in the legislature to bring change for the state.

Dalton says one thing he knows needs work is economic incentives to draw business. He says he knows not everyone is a fan of incentives, but to be competitive with other states, North Carolina needs to step up its game, as it did for the film industry.

“You’ve got ‘Iron Man 3’ and Marvel being filmed here, along with others. That is a great thing,” Lt. Gov. Dalton said. “It will help build the economy now. It helps build the economy for the future, but if we didn’t have those types of incentives, we wouldn’t have that business.”

Dalton says he also thinks the state needs to refocus on education. He says it’s important to support the state system now to ensure a strong future.

We’ll have our full interview with Dalton Monday on WWAWY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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