Dan Blue III is a Democratic candidate for Treasurer of the State of North Carolina. He believes in fiscally responsible leadership that respects and protects the public employees, taxpayers and communities throughout the state. Dan has the breadth and depth of experience to successfully lead the Treasurer’s office across its critical functions, including managing its retirement system, administering the state health care plan, protecting North Carolina’s AAA credit rating through good state and local governance, and promoting the financial well-being of North Carolina’s working families.
Strong Family Upbringing
A native of Raleigh, N.C, Dan is from a family active in public service. Dan is the son of Dan Blue, Jr., former Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and current Senate Minority Leader, and Edna Blue, a civic and community leader. His parents raised Dan and his siblings in an environment that stressed the importance of family, community involvement, public education, and political participation.
Dan attended Wake County’s public schools, graduating from W. G. Enloe High School. After graduating from high school, Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University, where he studied biomedical engineering with a minor in public policy studies. Dan later returned to Duke to deepen his understanding of law and finance. He graduated from the Duke University School of Law and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, with a Juris Doctor in law and a Masters of Business Administration.
Professionally, Dan worked with GlaxoWellcome to launch Healthmatics, a company that allowed health care personnel to manage and analyze medical information and quickly access that information during exams. The company was later acquired by a larger company. Moving on to New York City to work as an investment banker with Bear, Stearns & Co., Dan served healthcare clients, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic and service companies, providing financing, advisory and investment services.
However, he could not resist the opportunity to return to North Carolina and in 2004, Dan left investment banking to start the Pharmaceutical Institute, a leading provider of specialized training and pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals, ultimately building it into a multi-million-dollar business based in Raleigh. The Pharmaceutical Institute and its parent company were acquired by a larger healthcare and pharmaceutical consulting company.
Ultimately, Dan returned to his family law firm in 2009 where he currently works, alongside his father and brother. Dan’s work with the firm has included debt financing for the State of North Carolina through the Department of Transportation and for private academic institutions through the US Department of Education, in addition to advising small businesses on transactions and disputes. Dan has served as bond counsel for debt issuances raising nearly $700 million for the firm’s corporate clients. He was recognized in 2015 by the Triangle Business Journal as a 2015 Corporate Counsel of the Year award winner.
Dedicated Husband and Father
A dedicated husband and father, Dan has been married to Traci C. Blue (Harrison) of Nash County, NC for eight (8) years. Traci is a native of Nash County, NC and graduated from East Carolina University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in elementary education and a Master of Science in clinical counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor and currently teaches preschool in Raleigh at Edenton Street United Methodist Church’s Early Childhood Program. They have two children, ages 4 and 6, and a feisty Scottish Terrier.
Focused on Community
Dan continues his focus on community by serving on the boards of the Salvation Army of Wake County, affordable housing developer DHIC, Inc, the Duke University School of Nursing as well as WakeMed, a Raleigh-based private, not-for-profit healthcare system.
He is also a frequent commentator on NC Spin, a weekly television program on North Carolina political events which is aired throughout the North Carolina media market.