With map fights over, 2022 candidate field is set

By on March 8, 2022

In Dare, only one of six seats for ed board and commissioner contested

Dare School Board incumbents Margaret Lawler, Joe Tauber and Frank Hester are not seeking re-election.

The field of 2022 candidates for local, district, state and federal offices is now officially set after the new district maps reshaped the playing field for some by moving district lines or adding or subtracting some counties from former districts. The primary will be held on May 17.

The lengthy and complicated legal battle over North Carolina’s new redistricting maps came to an apparent conclusion on March 7 when the U.S. Supreme Court voted to reject a request by the state’s GOP legislative leadership to throw out the latest version of the newly drawn U.S. Congressional districts.

Dare County itself has been split for the new North Carolina State House district. The line goes through the town of Kill Devil Hills and the district north of the new line includes a portion of Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Duck. Those voters will receive different ballots than county residents in the area south of the new line.

House District 1, which will serve the northern portion of Dare County, has just one candidate and he is unopposed – Republican incumbent Ed Goodwin of Edenton.

House District 79, for the southern portion of Dare County, will have a Republican primary when Ed Hege of New Bern vies with incumbent Keith Kidwell for the seat.

Dare County is also part of NC Senate District 1, which will see a Republican primary election featuring State Senator Bob Steinburg, of Edenton, who currently represents Dare County, against Norman Sanderson of Minnesott Beach. Both are incumbents who were placed in the same district by the redrawing of maps.

In Senate District 3, which includes Currituck County, Democratic candidates Valerie Jordan of Warrenton and Ernestine Bazemore of Aulander will be in the primary. The winner will take on Bobby Hanig of Powells Point, who currently represents Dare and Currituck counties in the NC House.

Dare County Local Races

The Dare County Board of Commissioners At-Large seat is currently held by Ervin Bateman of Kitty Hawk who is being challenged by fellow Republican Mike Burrus of Wanchese in the primary. Bateman was elected while registered as a Democrat, but he changed his registration last year. Democratic candidate Heather Euler of Buxton will face the winner of that primary in November.

Republican Commissioners Rob Ross (District 2) and Jim Tobin (District 1) have no challengers for their seats.

Three of the seven seats on the Dare County Board of Education are up for grabs this year. Not only are those three incumbents not running for re-election, but in each race, the candidate who has filed for that seat is running unopposed.

Democrat Margaret Lawler announced late last year that she would not run to retain the seat that she has held for more than a decade. Board Chairman Joe Tauber (District 2) and member Frank Hester (District 1), both Republicans, are not running for re-election as well.

Republican Barry Wickre (District 1) has filed for the seat vacated by Hester and has no challengers. Republican Ron Payne (District 2) has no challengers for the seat being left by Tauber. Lawler (District 3) will be replaced by Republican Matt Brauer.

Dare County Clerk of Superior Court, Republican Dean Tolson, is running unchallenged.

Dare Register of Deeds Cheryl House, also a Republican, is being challenged by Democratic candidate Andrian “Sweet Pea” Tillett.

And Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie, a Republican, is unchallenged and will retain his office.

Currituck County local races

Currituck County Commissioner Kevin McCord, a Republican, has no primary challenger for the At-Large seat, but will face off against Democratic candidate Claywood Wilson in November. Both are from Moyock.

Incumbent Mike Payment, who serves in the District 3 seat, is being challenged by fellow Republican, Kim Moore, in the primary

Republican Owen Etheridge (District 5) is being challenged by fellow party members Jim Hutson and Leigh Reagan-Smith in the primary.

The Currituck County School Board is non-partisan, and so members will be chosen in the November election.

Republican Currituck County Clerk of Superior Court Ray Matusko is unchallenged.

Republican Matt Beickert is unchallenged in his run for re-election as Sheriff.

The Currituck County Register of Deeds is not included in this election.

Judicial District 1 races

The Judicial District 1 District Attorney candidates are Republicans Kim Pellini of Moyock and Jeff Cruden of Kill Devil Hills. The incumbent, Republican Andy Womble, has chosen to run for Superior Court judge. Incumbent Democratic District 1 seat 1 Superior Judge Court Eula Reid will face Womble in November.

Republican Robert Trivette is unchallenged in his bid to retain the District 1, seat 1, District Court judgeship.

The District Court District 1, seat 2, race will feature a three-way Republican contest between Bernard McAvoy, Jennifer Bland and Jeff Moreland. Bland was appointed late last year by Governor Roy Cooper while she was registered as a Democrat. She changed party registration within weeks of being sworn in.

Meader Harris, Republican, is unchallenged for District Court District 1, seat 3.

 


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Comments

  • One

    Thank you Margaret Lawler who stood as the only vote (on wearing mask at the beginning of the school year )that followed the recommendations of health and human services, the superintendent of schools and just plain common sense based on good pandemic information.
    That’s what’s called integrity, and that’s what this community is losing in its representation. Unbelievable is the attack that your neighbor is your enemy and that our Systems are all corrupt and that our science is wrong and the experts in their field don’t know as much as the average Joe.
    We should all be shocked that nobody wants to run for important elected offices in dare county… Yet no comments are made on this article.
    All of us who work and live on this island have more in common than we have in these things that seek to divide us.
    My advice for Dare county is to drop in its elections of board of education candidates any party affiliation. Can that be done at the county level?

    Thursday, Mar 10 @ 11:23 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    I know that the mandate that Dare County change to partisan from non-partisan elections was done at the state legislative level — over the objections of the Dare County Board of Education and (I believe) the Board of Commissioners at that time.

    Thursday, Mar 10 @ 3:57 pm
  • One

    Thank you Mark

    Thursday, Mar 10 @ 6:56 pm
  • Ann Sjoerdsma

    It is premature to say that Margaret Lawler (Dare Board of Education, District 3) will be replaced by Republican Matt Brauer. It is also premature to intimate that Republican Ron Payne will replace Joe Tauber in District 2. Each of these Republican candidates may have opposition from Independent candidates if Marie Russell (District 3) and Jessica Fearns (District 2) can obtain enough signatures of registered Dare County voters on petitions to get their names on the November ballot. Both Ms. Russell and Ms. Fearns must obtain 1,200+ valid signatures of voters in support of their independent candidacies by May 17, the date of the N.C. primary election. (See N.C. General Statutes sec. 163-122(a)(3), regarding unaffiliated candidates nominated by petition. 4 percent of the total number of registered voters in the county must support a candidacy.) Both Ms. Fearns and Ms. Russell have Facebook pages and are making public appearances. How about a story, OBX Voice? The people of Dare County deserve a choice!

    Saturday, Mar 19 @ 5:15 pm