Murphy defeats Thomas in Congressional contest

By on September 10, 2019

With the unofficial results tallied, Republican State Representative Greg Murphy handily defeated Democrat and former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas in a Sept. 10 special election to succeed the late Walter Jones Jr. as U.S. Representative from North Carolina’s Third Congressional District.

In a district that leans heavily Republican, Murphy collected almost 62% of the votes cast compared with 37% for Allen, defeating him by a margin of 70,142 to 42,570. Constitutional Party candidate Greg Holt and Libertarian candidate Tim Harris each received less than one percent of the vote.

The results in Republican-dominated Dare County seemed surprisingly close, with the unofficial tally showing Murphy defeating Thomas by about 200 votes, 3,333 versus 3,126.

Murphy got to the Sept. 10 general election by defeating Joan Perry in a July 9 GOP primary. Those two had finished first and second in a very crowded GOP primary on April 30, but with no candidate receiving the required 30 percent of the vote, the second primary was necessitated.

Thomas, captured the April 30 Democratic primary by winning 50 percent of the vote in a field of six candidates.

Jones, the Third District seat’s previous occupant, was a Republican with an independent streak who was first elected to the seat in 1994 and died after an illness on Feb. 19, 2019.

In the closely watched Sept. 10 special election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, Republican Dan Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready by about 4,000 votes in a tight contest.

In the November 2018 mid-term election for that seat, McCready appeared to have lost by a narrow margin to Republican Mark Harris. But those results were thrown out and a new election mandated after allegations of voting fraud involving the Harris campaign. Harris declined to run in the new contest.


Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi ( for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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