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Throughout election season, Donald Trump referred to the media as "dishonest and crooked." But that assessment is not limited to the President-elect. 

North Carolina’s House District 18 – which includes New Hanover and Brunswick Counties – is one of the few regional races with a Democratic winner.  Incumbent Susi Hamilton will serve her district for a fourth term.

New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners race was one of the more fiercely fought local races.  At the end of the night on Tuesday, it appeared as though the two incumbents, Republican Woody White and Democrat Jonathan Barfield, will keep their seats.

Patricia Kusek, who has served on the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board, is the newcomer and the second-highest vote-getter.  White took the most votes, garnering more than 18%, with Kusek coming in at nearly 17% and Jonathan Barfield coming in just behind Kusek – by a margin of about 14 votes. 

Brunswick County Boards Remain Republican

Nov 9, 2016

Board of Commissioners

Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners had three out of five seats in play.  The county is made up of five districts, and all county residents vote for all districts. 

Brunswick County is majority Republican.  With unaffiliated voters making up the second largest voting bloc, any Democratic candidate has a steep mountain to climb.  And last night’s vote kept Brunswick County Commissioners reliably – and 100% Republican. 

Pender and Onslow Election Results

Nov 9, 2016

PENDER

In Pender County's Board of Commissioners race, Republican Jacqueline Newton beat out Democrat incumbent Demetrice Keith for District 4.  Republican Vice-Chair Fred McCoy maintained his District 5 seat; he was challenged by Democrat Sheree Shepard.

ONSLOW

Five seats were up for grabs on Onslow County’s Board of Commissioners, and all of them went to Republican candidates.  Vice-Chair Paul Buchanan won re-election, as did Commissioner Jack Bright.  Royce Bennett, Robin Knapp, and Mark Price are newcomers to the Board.

In the race for New Hanover County’s Board of Education, the Republicans maintained their control.  Lisa Estep and Jeannette Nichols won re-election, and David Wortman will come on as a new school board member.  

After a fiercely competitive race with numerous attack ads against both candidates, Republican incumbent Michael Lee has won North Carolina’s District 9 Senate seat.  This district covers most of New Hanover County, with the exception of a small patch in downtown Wilmington.  In his second term, he wants to tackle economic development and education. 

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Some have aptly described this Election Day – the voting part – not the counting ballots part – as the eye of the storm.  Around lunch time, anecdotal reports described trickles of voters around the region – after a relatively busy morning. 

Brenda and Bobby Hunt showed up at the polls just after 1 o’clock -- what they hoped would be a slow time to vote in Brunswick County – and they were right.  But line or no line, military veteran Bobby Hunt says exercising the right to vote is something he would not miss. 

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has three of its five districts in play this year; however all county residents vote for all the districts.   Three Democrats are hoping to win seats on what is currently an all-Republican Board in a very red county.

In Brunswick County, Republican Frank Williams is running for his second term representing District 5 on the Board of Commissioners, and Mike Forte is running for District 4.  Both Republican candidates are focused on economic development and education.

According to Mike Forte, the only economic engine in Brunswick County is tourism, and he says this isn’t enough:

"That’s part-time, minimum wage jobs. I have two sons—24 and 20 years old. They need full time work. Warehousing, manufacturing, industry— We need real jobs."

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