Dare County elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7

By on November 5, 2023


Here’s what to know as you head to the polls

Tuesday, Nov. 7 is Election Day in Dare County with local races in all six municipalities. Here is a listing of the candidates on the ballot and the towns they are running in.


In Duck, where all five town council seats are up for grabs this fall, four incumbents are seeking re-elections, two challengers are making a bid for the council and one incumbent is not seeking another term.

The council incumbents running again include Mayor Don Kingston, Monica Thibodeau, Sandy Whitman and Rob Mooney. The challengers are Kevin Lingard and Bren Chasen. (In Duck, the mayor is chosen by the town council.) The one incumbent who did not file for re-election is Anthony Schiano.

Kill Devil Hills

Three of the five seats on the board of commissioners, including the one now filled by Mayor Ben Sproul, are in play. In the mayor’s election, Sproul faces incumbent Commissioner John Windley.

Incumbents B.J. McAvoy and Ivy Ingram have filed to run again, and newcomer Michael Denny has also tossed his hat in the ring.

If Sproul were to defeat Windley for mayor, Windley could serve out the rest of his term, which ends in 2025, as commissioner. In Windley is victorious, the board of commissioners selects someone to fill the remainder of his term as commissioner.

Kitty Hawk

In this town, two of the five council seats are up for grabs. Incumbent David Hines is running again, but the other incumbent, Lynne McClean, will not seek re-election. The two other candidates who have filed to run for the council are Dylan Tillett and Ron Tumolo.


There will be a crowded ballot in Manteo, the other town that features a mayoral contest, one between Incumbent Bobby Owens and his challenger, Town Commissioner Sherry Wickstrom, whose term on the board is not over until 2025. As in Kill Devil Hills, if Owens defeats Wickstrom, she can serve out the rest of her term as commissioner. If she wins, the board will select her replacement.

Three other members of the seven-member board of commissioners are also up for re-election. Incumbents Darrell Collins, Tod Clissold and Betty Selby have all filed to run. They will be competing with Hannah Forslund, Michelle Lewis and Jason Borland, who also vying to be elected to the board.

Nags Head

In Nags Head, two of the five seats on the board of commissioners are on the ballot this fall. Incumbent Kevin Brinkley is running for another term, but the other incumbent, Renee Cahoon, did not file to run for re-election. The challengers for seats on the board are Megan Lambert, Keith Sawyer, and T-Mike Morrison.

Southern Shores

In Southern Shores, three of the five incumbents on the Town Council are up for re-election. Of them, Mark Batenic and Matthew Neal will be on the ballot. Incumbent Leo Holland will not seek another term. The other candidates seeking seats on the board are Robert Neilsen and Mike Guarracino.

Voters will be asked to present a valid photo identification when voting in person. 

If you do not have a valid photo ID card on Election Day, you may still vote and have your vote counted by signing an affidavit of reasonable impediment (or “Photo ID Exception Form”) as to why you have not presented a valid photo ID. The Exception Form can also be used if you have a religious objection to being photographed or are a victim of a recently declared natural disaster.

As an alternative, if you don’t have your ID when you vote, you can still vote and then bring your valid photo ID to your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on the ninth day after Election Day.

Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Duck Town Hall in Duck, Kill Devil Hills Town Hall in KDH, Kitty Hawk Town Hall in Kitty Hawk, the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo, the Nags Head Town Hall Meeting Building in Nags Head and the Pitts Center in Southern Shores.

For more coverage of local election see our Election 2023 page and visit Dare County Elections page.


Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room (https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Dare EMS – Phase 2 Pre-Bid Conference

Time: Dec 6, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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See what people are saying:

  • catfish27954

    Dear Manteo candidates, I live on Airport Rd, well beyond the town limit. Why are there so many yard signs on US 64 and on Airport Rd? I can’t vote in your election and if I could I wouldn’t vote for any of you who have placed your signs north of Harriot St. What’s next a town property tax bill? Stop littering the north end!

    Tuesday, Nov 7 @ 2:11 pm