The race is on for three of four Dare
Board of Commissioner seats
By IRENE NOLAN
filing for the March 15 primary election ended on Monday, Dec . 21, and
three of the four seats up for election in 2016 on the Dare County
Board of Commissioners will be contested in the primary or general
only race that will be uncontested is for the District 4 seat, which
includes all of Hatteras Island. Incumbent commissioner Allen
Burrus has announced he will not seek re-election for health reasons.
Danny Couch, who currently serves on the Dare County Board of
Education, has filed to fill the seat. Republican Scott White of
Rodanthe, who filed early for the District 4 seat, withdrew his
candidacy last week -- thus Couch will be unopposed in the general
District 1 Republican incumbent, vice-chairman Wally Overman, who has
been on the board since he was appointed in 2013, is being
challenged in the Republican primary by Francis D'Ambra of Manteo. The
winner of that race will then meet Democrat Rosemarie Doshier, an East
Lake realtor, in November.
the contest for the District 2 seat, the incumbent is Republican Board
Chairman Bob Woodard of Kill Devil Hills, who was first elected to the
board in 2012. Two Democrats have filed for the seat and will face off
in the March primary -- John Towler, a lieutenant in the Kill Devil
Hills Police Department, and Bobby Culpepper, a Walmart employee who
was defeated by Jack Shea in the 2014 Board of Commissioners election.
The winner in the primary will face Woodard in November.
of Commissioners' District 3 is an open seat since incumbent Democrat
Warren Judge, who has been on the board for 15 years, has filed for the
seat in the N.C. House of Representatives that is being vacated by Paul
Tine of Kitty Hawk.
Republicans will face off in the primary for this seat -- Steve House,
who operates First Flight Home Service -- and Jimmy Ray Watts, who has
a law enforcement background. The winner of the primary will face
Democrat Monica Thibodeau, a 12-year member of the Duck Town Council,
in the November general election.
the 2014 general election, the Dare County Board of Commissioners,
which had long been in the hands of Democrats, switched to
Republican control. The 4-3 Democratic majority became a 5-2 Republican
Three of the seven board seats are not up for election in 2016, and
they are all held by Republicans -- Jack Shea, Margarette Umphlett, and
Beverly Boswel1. It is possible that Democrats could take back
control, but they would have to sweep all four races.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Four of the seven seats on the Dare County Board of Education are up
for election in 2016, but only two of them will be contested. The
school board races are non-partisan and will be decided in the March 15
One of the contested seats is District 4, which includes all of
Hatteras Island. Incumbent Danny Couch of Buxton chose instead to run
for the Board of Commissioners. Two Hatteras islanders have filed
to succeed him -- Carlos A. Babilonia of Buxton and Mary Ellon Ballance
of Hatteras village.
The other contested seat is to succeed David Oaksmith, a school board
veteran who died in November. In that race, former Dare Schools
transportation director, David Twiddy, and Brandy Foreman of Wanchese
will face each other.
Ben Sproul, who holds the District 2 seat and is board chairman, and
Bea Basnight, who fills the District 1 seat and is the board's
vice-chairwoman, are unopposed.
N.C. SENATE AND HOUSE
In the November general election, incumbent Republican state Sen. Bill
Cook of Chocowinity, who was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in
2014, will face Democrat Brownie Futrell, a former newspaper publisher
from Washington, N.C., for the District 1 Senate seat,
representing Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank,
Perquimans, and Gates counties.
There are both Republican and Democratic primaries in the race for the
District 6 seat on the N.C. House of Representatives, which is being
vacated by Paul Tine. The district includes Dare, Hyde, Washington, and
part of Beaufort counties.
Facing off on March 15 will be Democrats Warren Judge of Kitty Hawk and
Judy Justice of Manteo. There will be a three-way race in the
Republican primary. The candidates include Dare County
Commissioner Beverly Boswell of Kill Devil Hills, Ashley Woodard of
Beaufort County, and Arthur Williams, a Washington, N.C., a former
District 6 representative as a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for the
seat in 2012 as a Republican.