This November, North Carolinians will elect an official to oversee the state’s $108 billion pension fund and health care system, which serve nearly a million state employees, their dependents and retirees.
Republican Treasurer Dale Folwell, 61, is running for re-election. Challenging him is Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji, 41, a first-time Democratic candidate with a very different background.
Folwell, a certified public accountant, is the first Republican to be elected N.C. treasurer in 140 years. He was a state representative for eight years before running for treasurer. A native of Winston-Salem and alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Folwell touts his familial and political ties to the state.
The son of Indian immigrants, Chatterji would be the first Asian American elected to statewide office in North Carolina if elected. He is a tenured Duke University business and public policy professor. He argues that his lack of political