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Voters are hearing plenty about this dramatic presidential campaign season.  Even locally, New Hanover County has its own mini-drama underway with a very public rift in the Republican Party and a fierce primary battle for three seats on the Board of Commission. 

But the Connect NC Bond has not enjoyed the same breadth of air time.  We’ll take a look at why even the news media seems to be playing catch-up. 

Campbell Dodd

There are seven Republicans hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  One of those candidates, Campbell Dodd, is taking his second run at county office.  As this Wilmington-based real estate appraiser explains, he has his eye on bringing more industry to the region and quelling the very public divides on the Board. 

Chris Meek

Chris Meek, a history teacher with twenty years of experience in the classroom, is one of five Democrats in New Hanover County hoping to secure a spot for Board of Education on the November ballot.  On March 15th, voters will choose three candidates from each party to compete in the November election.  

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Patricia Kusek is running for one of three seats in the Republican primary for New Hanover County Commissioner.  

Brunswick County

Imagine biking or hiking or even kayaking your way from the northern end of New Hanover County near Figure Eight Island down to Sunset Beach or Calabash near the South Carolina border…

What if you could wend your way through trails that traverse the central and western points around the counties with only your feet or a bicycle?  This could become a reality. 

James Jamison

On March 15th, voters will select three out of five Democratic candidates to run for New Hanover County Board of Education.  Candidate James Jamison is a retired Master Sergeant of military police and current pastor at Hope Baptist Church for All Nations.  

New Hanover County Public Schools

Jeannette Nichols is competing against three other Republican candidates for three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County’s Board of Education.  If elected, Nichols would embark upon her fifth four-year term.  The retired teacher says serving on the Board is her way of staying connected to children.

Justin Hobson

A tornado watch is in effect for southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina until 7 PM, a wind advisory until 8. 

Just about sunset, a line of thunderstorms coming from the west is expected to arrive full force in the Cape Fear region. 

Reid Hawkins is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Wilmington.  He says there’s another factor in play:  a big low pressure center just west of us.

National Weather Service

Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and into early this evening, according to the National Weather Service.  Counties affected include New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Sampson, Onslow, Horry, Dillon, and Marion.

TrafficLand

There could still be snarls for drivers traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County Tuesday afternoon.   

Commuters using either the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge or the Isabel Holmes Bridge ran into hours of delays late Monday afternoon and evening due to an emergency repair on the Leland Causeway. 

Sandra Leigh

During the March 15th primary, five Democratic candidates for New Hanover County’s Board of Education are hoping to land three open spots on the November ballot.  Sandra Leigh says her experience and commitment set her apart. 

Beth Dawson

During the upcoming primary election, voters will select three candidates for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on the Republican ticket.  Beth Dawson, the current Chair, is vying for one of those spots, and she’s up against six challengers.  Dawson believes in emphasizing regional economic development to bring jobs to New Hanover County.  

Cape Fear Community College

In the March 15th primary, Republican John Babb is hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

New Hanover County

David Wortman is one of four Republicans in New Hanover County hoping to secure a spot for Board of Education on the November ballot.  On March 15th, voters will choose three candidates from each party to compete in the November election. 

Emma Saunders

During the upcoming primary election, voters in New Hanover County will select three out of five Democratic candidates to run for the Board of Education.  Emma Saunders believes the key to solving many educational issues is to start at the beginning.  If elected, she would work to implement countywide pre-k.  

Carolyn Rawls Booth

Carolyn Rawls Booth, born in nearby Bladen County, spent nearly five years of her early childhood in a New Deal homesteading project known as Penderlea.  When she was five, her family moved to Raleigh.  She left college after two years to get married and raise a family; it wasn’t until she was in her 40s that she decided to go back to finish her undergraduate work.  Carolyn Rawls Booth graduated at age 50, and published her first novel when she was 65. 

Derrick Hickey

During the upcoming primary election, voters will select three candidates for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on the Republican ticket.  Derrick Hickey, former Board of Education member, is one of seven potentials.  

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On March 15th, voters will select three out of five Democratic candidates to run for New Hanover County Board of Education.  If elected, Kevin Spears' main goal is to level the playing field for inner city schools. 

Frank Christopher Meares

In the New Hanover County Republican Primary, Frank Christopher Meares is hoping to win a spot on the November ballot for the Board of Education. The current County Soil and Water Conservation Board Member says, if elected, he’d give up his unexpired term but would hope to retain a non-voting position.

NCACC

All 100 counties in North Carolina belong to an organization called the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners – or the NCACC.  Founded in 1908, this coalition of local elected officials shares best practices and works together to advance county agendas at the state and federal levels.  During a recent trip to Wilmington, Executive Director Kevin Leonard came to WHQR to talk about why every county in the state chooses to participate.   

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North Carolina Housing Coalition & Cape Fear Housing Coalition

Recently, the topic of affordable housing has been in the spotlight in the Cape Fear region, and in North Carolina as a whole.  Just last month, Wilmington City Council established a committee to investigate solutions to the lack of affordable places to live.  At a recent public hearing held by the Cape Fear & North Carolina Housing Commissions, attendees tossed around ideas for solutions. 

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority

It’s a packed house in the primary race for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  Jim Brumit is one of seven Republican candidates vying for three open seats in the March 15th primary.  

New Hanover County

Woody White is seeking a second four-year term as a New Hanover County Commissioner.  He’s competing against six other Republican candidates for one of three open seats in the March 15th primary. 


Wilmington Police Department

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A series of Town Hall meetings began a couple of years ago in Wilmington after a spike in concerns over violent interactions between law enforcement officers and members of minority communities. 

New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White, in cooperation with two other Republican candidates for the County Board, delivered a scathing criticism of Chairperson Beth Dawson, after her state of the county address Monday nightThe response, posted on YouTube, attacks Dawson, who is a Republican, for abandoning GOP principles and cooperating with the Democrats.   

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