Chocowinity gets two new commissioners

Published 9:23 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CHOCOWINITY — Casey Langley and Curt Jenkins are the newest members of the Chocowinity Board of Commissioners, winning seats that had been held for decades by incumbents Milton “Red” Dunbar and Arlene D. Jones.

Jenkins received the most votes with 44; Langley received 37; Jones, 34; and Dunbar, 12.

It’s been two decades since anyone has run against any elected official in the Town of Chocowinity — Mayor Jimmy Mobley said the last was someone who ran against him in the mid-1990s. Dunbar had held a seat on the town board for 45 years; Jones for 28.

Langley said he was excited to learn he’d won a seat on the board. Born and raised in Chocowinity, he said most of his campaigning was through conversations during his daily interactions. Langley said missed business opportunities were what inspired him to run for office.

“We’re not moving forward, but we’re not doing anything to make it better here — that’s why I got involved,” Langley said.

Jenkins, also a Chocowinity native, said he wants to help the town grow and be successful. Vice president of the company his father owns, and with a son of his own, Jenkins said he’s invested in the town’s future.

“I do wish them both the best, I’m sure they’ll do a good job,” Jones said.

Jones and Dunbar were both in attendance at the regular town meeting Tuesday night as election results came in.

The Chocowinity board has a total of four commissioners and town has a total of 522 registered voters.

The vote totals are unofficial until the Nov. 10 canvassing by the Beaufort County Board of Elections.