April 9, 2008
Board of education candidates to appear at two forums on Hatteras
candidates for Dare County Board of Education’s District 4 seat
-- incumbent Joseph Farrow, Jr. and challenger Anthony Fletcher -- will
appear at two forums on Hatteras Island next week.
The first will be on Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the regular monthly
meeting of the Cape Hatteras Elementary School PTA. The meeting
will be in the school cafeteria with pizza and soft drinks served at
5:45 and coffee after the meeting.
The two candidates will appear again on Thursday, April 17, at Cape
Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies at a League of Women
Voters (LWV) forum that begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.
The LWV will sponsor a second forum on Wednesday, April 23, at Nags Head Elementary School, also from 7 until 9 p.m.
The candidates will be given the opportunity for both opening and
closing remarks, with the time between allocated for questions from the
audience. In addition, each of the candidates has been requested
to reply to a questionnaire sent to them by the LWV, answers to which
will comprise a Voter Guide to be published by local newspapers prior
to Election Day, May 6.
The LWV has invited all candidates for the Board of Education to
participate in its forums, although the non-partisan school board race
this year has only one contested seat – in District 4 on Hatteras
David E. Oaksmith, Jr., whose District 2 spot doesn't expire until
2010, has chosen to relinquish that position and will run unopposed for
the District 5 (at-large) seat being vacated by Nick Nuzzi, who is not
seeking re-election. After the new board is seated and a
recruitment process has run its course, a selection will be made by
board members to appoint a replacement to fill the spot vacated by
Oaksmith. Kill Devil Hills resident Ben Sproul, running for the
first time and without opposition, will replace Skip Saunders as a
District 2 representative. Saunders decided not to try for another
term. District 1 incumbent Tom Maher is not seeking re-election either,
and that spot will be filled unopposed by Manteo resident Bea
Basnight. Incumbents Margaret Lawler, District 3, and Dr. Walter
Holton, District 1, both of whose terms don't expire until 2010, will
round out the reorganized board to take effect July 1.
In view of the total absence of competition in the Dare County
Commissioner election, the League of Women Voters has not scheduled any
forums nor will a Voter Guide be published to highlight those
candidates. Each of the incumbents whose term expires this year
has chosen to seek re-election. All are running for office
Also appearing on the May 6 election ballots is another nonpartisan
race -- for two Court of Appeals judge spots, both of which have a
contest. In addition to the nonpartisan listings, ballots for the
Democratic and Republican primary election include not only party
choices for U.S. President but also for U.S. Senator, District 3
U.S. Congressman, N.C. Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Auditor,
Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Labor, Superintendent of
Public Instruction, and Treasurer. The LWV urges voters to
familiarize themselves with the qualifications of each of the
candidates seeking to fill those positions so that informed and
intelligent choices can be made with every vote cast.
For questions relative to voting procedures, call Dare County Board of
Elections at 475-5630, or access that department on the county Web
site, www.darenc.com, at which location sample ballots can be viewed and downloaded.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization
dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of citizen involvement
in government at all levels, national, state, and local. For
information about membership, which is open to both women and men, call
either of the co-presidents, Nancy Birindelli, 261-3915, or Jeannette
Anderson, 255-0035. Much LWV information can also be obtained by
accessing the local League's recently initiated Web site, www.lwvdarenc.org.