Emma Saunders

For the third time, retired educator Emma Saunders is running as a Democrat for New Hanover County’s Board of Education. Her primary goals are to increase access to preschool and work with the J.C. Roe Suspension Center to give at-risk students a second chance.

New Hanover County’s Board of Education has three open seats this year.   On September 7th, we met the Republicans.  On this edition of CoastLine, we meet the Democrats vying for those spots – which carry four-year terms.  All three are seeking first terms on what is currently an all-Republican Board.


Sandra Leigh, seeking first term

Emma Saunders, seeking first term

Kevin Spears, seeking first term

This edition of CoastLine marks the beginning of our election-focused candidate interviews.  It also marks the return of CoastLine two days a week – Wednesdays and Thursdays with Sunday re-broadcasts of both.

New Hanover County’s Board of Education has three open seats this year.  Here are the three Republicans vying for those spots – which carry four-year terms.  Two of the Republican candidates are incumbents; one is seeking elected office for the first time.   


Sandra Leigh

Sandra Leigh is one of three Democrats running for a seat on New Hanover County’s Board of Education.  If elected, it would be her first time holding elected office.  As a relative newcomer to Wilmington, the retired third-grade teacher and principal says she’d like to institute universal pre-school.           

Lisa Estep

Republican Lisa Estep currently serves on the New Hanover County Board of Education, and she’s seeking a second term this November. Her decision to run for Board of Education four years ago was personal: One of her children has special needs.

Estep: "One of the areas that I’m interested in is making the outcomes for those students better. When you’re thinking ahead for these students when they graduate, the employment outcomes for young adults with disabilities is very grim. The unemployment rate for that group is between 65% and 70%, which is fairly staggering."

It’s Election Season on CoastLine – and we’re getting to know the candidates one-on-one.  Each Wednesday and Thursday at noon, you’ll meet candidates for local, state, and federal office.  We’ll take your questions live, and you can email us any time at coastline@whqr.org to get your question in the queue.  Meet the people who want to represent you – one on one – on CoastLine here on HQR News 91.3 FM.

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Spring planting is embedded in our DNA – when the days get longer, the weather warmer, and we know it’s time to take stock of the greening of our piece of the garden.  When it comes to fall, some people are vaguely aware of pumpkins and gourds and, perhaps, cabbage, but there's a great deal more to take advantage of with the cooler, rainier weather.


Barbara Sullivan, Author, Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

Rachel Lewis Hilburn

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence is known for his record as a conservative Republican and Tea Party supporter.  At a rally in Leland Wednesday afternoon, Pence explained his running mate’s sometimes-controversial off-the-cuff remarks. 

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On the next CoastLine, we'll explore why a proposal for a recent alligator hunting season failed in North Carolina... Why do some experts say the ancient reptiles have moved into Virginia while others insist North Carolina is as far north as they go?  Grasping the elusive gator...

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