February 25, 2018
Board Candidate Ed Danko, Dare County GOP Part Ways
By Sam Walker and Russ Lay
THE OUTER BANKS VOICE
Danko, a candidate in the upcoming Republican party primary for an open
at-large seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners, has resigned
from the local party organization amid a controversy involving the
candidate and a local business.
In recent days, stories have circulated inside and outside of Dare GOP
circles that Danko had become involved in a personal dispute with a
local business. He reportedly suggested that he could make things
difficult for the owners and an employee if he were elected to the Dare
Danko has resigned from several positions within the Dare County
Republican Party and the party also took action against him in a
closed-door session Thursday night.
The Voice contacted Dare County GOP Chairman Browny Douglas and asked
if the party had met in regard to the stories circulating about Danko.
“Yes, some in the Republican party also heard those rumors, and yes, the matter was looked into,” Douglas responded Friday.
“As a result, the GOP Executive Committee met in closed emergency
session and accepted Mr. Danko’s resignation from his position as
precinct chair and further agreed to disassociate themselves from any
current or future activities with Mr. Danko.”
Danko said in an interview Saturday he told those at the business he
would file a complaint with a state regulatory board, the county
commissioners and possibly contact his attorney over the dispute.
“I was angry, so I don’t remember every word I said,” Danko said when
asked if any verbal threats were made against the business.
In response to Danko’s contention that his resignation was required by
party rules once he became a candidate, Douglas said that “only the
Chair and Vice-Chair of the party would need to resign their positions
if they became a candidate for elective office.”
But Danko countered that the N.C. Republican Party’s Plan of Operation says otherwise.
“It appears to me that if you are in a primary, you need to resign your
position,” Danko said. He intends to continue his campaign despite the
He is opposed in the GOP primary by Ann Petara, and the winner of that
election will face restaurant owner Ervin Bateman, who is unopposed in
the Democratic primary for the at-large seat.
The seat became vacant when commissioner Jack Shea announced he would not seek a third term on the board.