Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge of Kitty Hawk, 65, died overnight at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Va.
Judge was transported to the hospital Wednesday night. A
spokesperson for the Dare County Democratic Party confirmed that Judge
had suffered a heart attack but no other information on his condition
had been released.
This morning, his family issued a statement through Dare County public information.
"Our hearts are deeply
saddened by the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather,
brother, uncle, and friend, Warren C. Judge III. We are grateful for,
and comforted by, all of Warren’s friends and supporters in Dare
County, which he loved so dearly. It was one of the greatest honors of
Warren’s life to serve as a Dare County Commissioner for the past
"We are also grateful for Warren’s many new friends and supporters he
made throughout NC House District 6 over the past year. Warren was
looking forward to the opportunity to serve all of the citizens of
House District 6 in the NC General Assembly."
"We are immensely grateful for everyone’s prayers and words of comfort during this difficult time."
Judge, a Democrat, had served four terms as a Dare County Commissioner -- 11 of them as chairman of the board.
Currently, he is running against Republican and fellow Commissioner
Beverly Boswell for the N.C. House of Representatives District 6 seat.
He and his wife, Tess, moved to Dare County almost 30 years ago from
Jamestown, N.C., where he served three terms on the town council.
In Dare County, he was in the hospitality industry. He owns the
Days Inn and owned the Sands Restaurant in Nags Head for many years.
Before he was elected to the Board of Commissioners, Judge served nine
years on the Tourism Board, five as chairman, and on the Dare County
In 2000, Judge was elected to the Board of Commissioners. He has also
chaired the Joint Committee on Beach Access, Outer Banks Catch
Executive Committee, Shoreline Management Commission, Dare County
Social Services Board and the Dare County Capital Improvements Planning
In addition, he was the Commissioner liaison to the Board of Education
during the six years of the Dare County school construction program. In
June of 2014, he created a joint task force bringing together
representatives of the Board of Commissioners and the Board of
Education to work together.
Judge often traveled to Raleigh and Washington, D.C., where he was a
familiar figure, advocating for Dare County issues, such as inlet
dredging and beach access.
He was also a familiar face on Hatteras Island, where he traveled for
almost all public meetings and most other events for which islanders
gather -- Day at the Docks, oyster roasts, the Christmas Parade.
was a very good man, a good friend, and a very good friend to Hatteras
Island, he will be missed," said Allen Burrus, of Hatteras village, his
colleague on the Board of Commissioners.
and his wife Tess were named Dare County Citizens of the Year by the
Dare County Chamber of Commerce in 2011. The couple has four children
and several grandchildren.
"I understand the challenges that face our region and I pledge to work
to make a difference," Judge said when he decided to run for the state
House seat vacated by Paul Tine. "I strongly believe it is important to
give back by being involved."
He also said, "My business experience allows me to understand the
challenges that face the small business owner and our workforce."
law mandates that when a death occurs after a candidates name is placed
on a ballot, it remains an option for voters. If Judge wins the
election, just two days away, representatives of the Democratic Party
will appoint a replacement until the next state election.
and Tess have worked very hard throughout this year to try to
ensure that the District 6 has the representation it deserves and
critically needs," the Dare County Democratic Party said in a statement
today. "Now, it is up to us to complete his work by honoring him
with our vote.”
"First, we need to get him elected and any discussions about beyond
that point, will more appropriately happen after the election."