Danny Couch of Buxton,
Island's commissioner-elect, was the guest on the Nov. 20 edition of
"To the Point," a Radio Hatteras interview show, hosted by
Irene Nolan, editor of The Island Free Press.
who will be sworn in as a member of the Dare Commissioners at the
next regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 talked about what he hopes to accomplish on the board.
ran unopposed in
both the March primary and the Nov. 8 general election. He replaces
Democrat incumbent Allen Burrus of Hatteras village, who decided not
to run again for health reasons.
storm surge flooding by Tropical Storm Hermine over Labor Day and
then Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 9 put a damper on the general election
campaign season -- some forums planned by different media and non-partisan groups, especially forums planned for Hatteras were
there was no
question that Couch
was the next commissioner representing District 4, many of us on
Hatteras Island and elsewhere in Dare County -- commissioners are
elected countywide but must live in their districts and represent all
of their county constituents -- had few chances for him to address
issues and outline his goals during the next four years.
Couch to sit down and
talk about his view and hopes for his first term on the county board.
a brief intro,
for those of you
who don't know Danny very well. And he is very well know on
Hatteras, where he grew up and graduated from Cape Hatteras School,
where he found his passion for history and writing working on the
acclaimed student journal, "Sea Chest."
bachelor of arts in
English, with a concentration in writing, he returned to Hatteras,
where he has been self-employed.
For almost 15 years, he wrote for
editor Nolan for island publications where his colorful prose was a
favorite of readers. He interviewed many of the island's older
residents and told their stories, as well as stories of shipwrecks,
storms, and shipwreck salvaging.
he is known as
as time went
by, he became
involved in many civic and church groups and functions. He has a tour
bus business, is a Realtor, and is an active community member in
volunteer organizations, such as the Friends of the Graveyard of the
Atlantic Museum, where he serves as president.
to the Dare County
Board of Education in August 2013 to fill the unexpired term of
school board member Anthony Fletcher, and the next year, he was
elected to the position in his own right.
was planning to
run for re-election
to the Dare County Board of Education when Burrus decided not to
seek another term for health reasons. Couch says the choice was
difficult but he decided to run for the Board of Commissioners.
Danny is married to
principal of Cape Hatteras Elementary School, and they have three
children who attend Dare County schools -- Rae, Gideon, and Griffin.
Couch talks candidly
about protecting the county's water quality, which he says he
considers a key environmental issue. He talks about bridges, Highway
12, and beach access. He says he has seen Hatteras Island's
relationship with the Park Service improve greatly under
Superintendent David Hallac.
evacuation and recovery. And, not surprisingly, he discusses the
education of the children of Dare County and Hatteras Island.
head on the fact that
he will be the only Democrat on the seven-member board.
you don't know
Danny yet, this is
an introduction. And even if you know him, this interview will help
you understand what he hopes to accomplish.
listen to the
interview, scroll down
to the "To the Point" logo and click on the arrow.
the Point" is
on the island's community radio station,101.5 FM on southern Hatteras
and 99.9 FM on northern Hatteras, at 5 p.m. on the first and third
Sunday of each month. It is repeated on the second and fourth
Sunday. Those who don't live on Hatteras can listen to the show on
Sundays through live streaming at www.radiohatteras.org.
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