Overman vs. Creef in primary contest for District 1 seat on Dare Board of Commissioners

By on February 22, 2024

Carson Creef and Wally Overman.

(This is the second of three stories about the six candidates in Republican primary contests for the Dare County Board of Commissioners)

One of the three Republican primary contests for the Dare County Board of Commissioners pits current Board Vice Chair Wally Overman against challenger Carson Creef for a District 1 seat. Each candidate was asked the same five questions. Their responses are below.

 

Please provide us with basic biographical information, including relevant professional experience and public service.

Wally Overman: I graduated from Benvenue High School in Rocky Mount, NC in 1964 and from NC State University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Technology. I had a 38-year career in the domestic and international textile industry with the last 16 years in capital equipment sales in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, China, and Thailand. I have been married for 26 years and have three children and three grandchildren. I have lived in the Skyco community for 24 years. It has been my honor to serve on the Dare County Board of Commissioners since October of 2013, and as its Vice Chairman since 2014.

During this time, I have been appointed to multiple boards, committees, and commissions in service to Dare County. I currently serve on the following: Department of Health and Human Services Board, Capital Improvements Planning Committee, GEACC Advisory Board, Airport Authority, Tourism Board, 5 on 5 Committee, Albemarle RPO/TAC, Trillium Health Resources. I also created the Saving Lives Task Force in 2014 to address substance use issues and have served as Co-Chair since its inception.

Carson Creef: Hello friends, family, and fellow residents of Dare County, my name is Carson Creef. I’m a lifelong conservative, I have never voted for a Democrat in my lifetime. I’m an 11th generation commercial fisherman native to Dare County. My family fought here in the Revolution, the Civil War and World War Two. I am a devout Christian, pro-military, pro-police and first responders. I’ve served my community in the past on Ducks Unlimited Committees, Youth recreational sports, and youth leadership at our local churches. I believe in the next generation, and as a conservative, I think children in this upcoming generation need more people educating them on Christian and constitutional values.

 

What would you cite as your top three priorities for Dare County should you be elected?

Carson Creef: My priorities are fairly simple and if elected I will accomplish these goals. I will lower taxes and cut spending in Dare County. Just because we can spend more does not mean we always should. I would like to install a more effective transportation system, potentially busing in employees during the summer from more rural areas with affordable housing. No cost to the taxpayers, I would make corporations and businesses pay by employee that utilizes the transportation. I will lobby the state for commercial and recreational fishing limit increases and deregulation. Marine biology reports from this area are skewed and the increase in regulations threatens our livelihood, culture, and other local industries such as restaurants and trucking. I will put an end to cluster homes in the area. There is no need for 60 houses on 10 acres. If developers want to push property to the limits, then I will push for half-acre lot limits; 20 houses on 10 acres is enough. It’s better for the neighborhoods, traffic, and emergency services.

Wally Overman: I am committed to maintaining and expanding the needed and expected services for the people of Dare County on a timely, efficient, and financially responsible basis while keeping our tax rate one of the lowest in the state.

I am committed to supporting our tourism, fishing, and boat building industries which represent the three main legs of our economy. Tourism is now a one-billion-dollar industry in Dare County and brings in millions of dollars in revenues. It saves our residents thousands of dollars each year in taxes. Fishing, boatbuilding, and the businesses supporting them are historically and generationally important to Dare County, providing needed employment and a natural food source for thousands of people.

I am committed to working to improve the workforce/essential housing issue by working collectively and on a conciliatory basis with the municipalities and other stakeholders to hopefully have an impact on this problem. This is a complicated issue and will only be resolved by working together.

 

Given what has thus far been widespread community opposition to new housing developments (alternately known as workforce/essential housing), are you confident that significant new projects for this purpose can be built in the county?

Wally Overman:  Significant progress on this issue can only happen with a focused and concerted effort among the county, municipalities, and stakeholders working together toward a common goal of addressing solutions to the problem.

Carson Creef:  I am anti cluster homes and believe that proposed housing projects like the ones in Wanchese are designed for tourism, not local employees. In the reports from the current board what they considered affordable was based on $69,400 income. 60 houses on 10 acres in a small community and charging $400,000 apiece for just the house and no equity is not affordable. We need to lower taxes and create more income for the residents of this county, not increase the county budget.

 

Do you believe the current level of tourism in Dare County is sustainable or have we exceeded our ability to reasonably accommodate the number of seasonal visitors who come here?

Carson Creef: Over population anywhere creates a new set of unprecedented problems. We need to look into protecting and preserving our self-employed and small businesses in Dare County. Our tourism bureau here has a lot of control based on the amount income they generate. We can work with the bureau to create more opportunities for small businesses and locals in our area.

Wally Overman: I believe the current level of tourism is sustainable. Dare County remains one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the US and, for that matter, probably the world. It is our most vibrant industry, supporting a great deal of our infrastructure, and we must support maintaining it.

 

What is the most important difference between you and your opponent in this primary contest?

Wally Overman: Experience and commitment. My experience as a commissioner for the past 10 plus years provides a basis for making decisions in the best interests of Dare County. My commitment to the position is to work every day to see that Dare County remains as the best place to live in North Carolina, and that it will be managed in a fiscally responsible manner while providing the very best services to our residents and visitors.

Carson Creef: I have lived here my entire life. My connection to this county spans four centuries. I’m a commercial fisherman, I will do everything in my power to protect our industry and local history because I am a part of it. I have said multiple times that I AM NOT FOR THE PEOPLE, I AM THE PEOPLE. I will never make a decision without prayer. I will be transparent always considering the locals and residents prior to votes. I will not let the place where I learned to walk, talk, and pray turn into a Myrtle Beach look alike. This is my home forever, thank you and God Bless.


SEE ALSO: It’s Basnight vs. Burrus for the District 1 Dare Board of Commissioners seat

Woodard versus Hayman for District 2 Dare Board of Commissioners seat



Comments

  • Idiocracy

    I feel if Carson’s views become reality we can look forward to a future where we will enjoy watching a former pro wrestler president participate in a monster truck rally while we all sit on giant piles of trash drinking Brawdo energy drink

    Friday, Feb 23 @ 1:26 pm
  • Steve Johnson

    I vote for Carson Creef! He is the obviously the courageous one running proudly supporting freedom in this country and our county.

    Saturday, Feb 24 @ 1:26 pm
  • Notanisland

    Well, what we got ain’t working….I say give the young chap a chance. Get em Carson!!!

    Saturday, Feb 24 @ 1:28 pm
  • Dismayed

    Y’all have amnesia… When a person tells you who they are believe them… aligning yourself with the 2024 Trump reelection campaign that calls its self the tour of revenge… Then we know how you will behave as a elected official.
    do not bring this crap into local government. It has already ruined our education system. all the educators are no longer on the board.

    Tuesday, Feb 27 @ 2:32 pm
  • Dr Rob Jr

    @OBX Resident. I suggest that you actually read the First Amendment. Here it is for you: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Where exactly does it state promoting one religion over another?

    In my opinion, Mr. Creef’s point regarding religion in schools is not that everyone has to be baptized that Jesus is our Lord and savior, but that morals, respect, and other Christian values should be taught in addition to a focus on math, science, and literacy.

    Monday, Mar 4 @ 11:57 am