Dare Republican Party selects Bea Basnight to fill vacancy on board of commissioners

By on November 11, 2023

Bea Basnight

Bea Basnight, who had previously served 12 years on the Dare County Board of Education, has been selected by the Executive Committee of the Dare County Republican Party to fill the vacancy on the Dare County Board of Commissioners created when Jim Tobin passed away on Oct. 18.  The board of commissioners will vote on approving her appointment at its Dec. 4 meeting.

In an interview with the Voice, Basnight said, “I’m very honored that the executive committee put their trust in me. I’ve been trying to stay in involved in all kinds of things…Maybe I can bring a new voice to some of the issues, to offer my voice.”

If her selection is approved, Basnight will be the only woman on the seven-member board of commissioners.

After spending 35 years as a teacher and a dozen years on the board of education, Basnight, then the chairperson of that board, was defeated in a 2020 re-election bid by Republican Carl Woody in the first school board election conducted as a partisan race. The defeat of the widely respected Basnight, who was running as a Democrat, was seen as a clear sign of the strength of Republican dominance in the county.

Now a Republican, Basnight told the Voice that she switched to an unaffiliated registration about three years ago and then became a Republican about a year ago.

Characterizing herself as “a middle of road person” politically, Basnight acknowledged that the switch to the Republican Party came after she realized that “If I wanted to throw my hat in the ring” for political office again, “I needed to be an ‘R.’”

In the Nov. 10 release announcing her selection, the Dare GOP’s Executive Committee noted that Basnight is a longtime member of the Roanoke Island Historical Society Board (RIHA) and “currently serves on multiple other boards for Dare County.”


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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.

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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.

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  • Adam

    Reading these comments makes me so glad I’m an independent and not republican. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Pathetic kvetching whiners.

    Monday, Nov 13 @ 7:54 pm
  • John

    Judge Tillett is a lifelong conservative, who was endorsed by US Senator Jesse Helms for a federal judgeship. He didn’t have any election in 2014 and hasn’t had any contested race in decades.

    Monday, Nov 13 @ 8:29 pm
  • Puddle

    There is now difference between Republican and Democrat anymore.

    You can’t vote your way out of this.

    Quote the Joker…

    You get what you deserve

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 1:39 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Puddle, do you mean “no difference?”

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 1:47 pm
  • Sandflea

    @ Affiliation Matter;
    I suggest that you engage brain and facts before fingers. There are exactly ZERO CRT courses being taught anywhere in America. The only place that it is discussed is in graduate programs such as History (mostly PhD level) and Law School.

    I wonder what percentage of politicians would have a formal diagnosis of Sociopath. Nothing seems to bother them; no shame and they just don’t care what others think. I’m guessing it would be quite high.

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 3:52 pm
  • Independent

    This type of shenanigans is why I left the Republican Party. Most recently, I was thinking about switching back, but after reading this article why would I even waste my time being associated with them? They just gave a Republican county commissioner seat to a Democrat and she even admits it in the article that she doesn’t have any Republican principles. The process sounds very shady. I would like to know the vote breakdown and access to the meeting recording or video. We deserve to know who voted for this woman.

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 10:30 pm
  • Caleb

    Weird how many people are talking about RINOs in local government. One of the guiding principals of modern republicanism is low spending for *federal* government. There’s hardly any difference between those of you shouting about *local* government spending and anarchists at this point. Other than taking social rights away from people, it doesn’t seem like y’all stand for anything other than doing nothing and getting mad that nothing ever changes.

    Wednesday, Nov 15 @ 8:51 am