September 24, 2013
Republicans chose Walter Overman for
Dare Board of Commissioners seat
By IRENE NOLAN
Dare County Republican Party has chosen Walter “Wally” Overman of Skyco
to replace the late Richard Johnson on the Board of Commissioners.
According to a media release from the party, Overman was chosen at a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 22.
release called Overman, “a strong conservative with an impressive
resume highlighting a lengthy senior business management career.”
successfully demonstrated his ability to work effectively to accomplish
meaningful goals without compromising the fiscal responsibility
tax-paying citizens expect from our representatives,” according to the
On Monday morning Overman and Dare County
Republican Chairman Browny Douglas delivered the written selection
announcement to the Board of Commissioners’ office.
The official swearing in ceremony will be at the board meeting on Monday, Oct. 7.
Overman is somewhat of a political unknown who has apparently not sought for any other offices in Dare County.
to his good friend, George Banks of Hatteras village, Overman is
originally from Rocky Mount, N.C., and is a graduate of North Carolina
State University textiles program.
Banks said that Overman was
active in the textile industry all of his life and traveled extensively
troubleshooting and problem-solving for the industry. He is now retired.
“He has the time to do this,” said Banks, who also called Overman a “good conservative.”
and his wife, Ruth, Banks said, live in an old Civil-War era house that
has been beautifully renovated on the sound in Skyco. Ruth
Overman owns a shop in Manteo, he said.
“He loves Hatteras and he loves Ocracoke Island,” Banks said. “And he loves to fish, both on the beach and by boat.”
said Overman is well aware of the issues facing Hatteras Island,
including replacing the Bonner Bridge and access to the seashore
First District Commissioner Richard Johnson was the longest serving member of the Dare board when he died late last month.