General election awaits candidates and voters

Published 7:27 pm Monday, May 14, 2018

The May 8 primary is history, but what is next in the 2018 election cycle in Beaufort County?

The primary winners move on to the Nov. 6 general election. That means Beaufort County Commissioner Jerry Langley, a Democrat, and Keith Kidwell, a Chocowinity resident and former chairman of the Beaufort County Republican Party, take on each other to represent District 79 in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The district includes all of Beaufort County and 12 precincts in the northern part of Craven County.

Incumbent Sheriff Ernie Coleman, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Al Whitney will face each other in the general election, as they did in 2014.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, who survived challenges by Phil Law and Scott Dacey in the Republican primary to choose that party’s nominee to represent the state’s 3rd Congressional District, faces no opposition in the general election.

Three seats on the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners are available this election cycle. Two Democrats — Randy Walker and incumbent Ed Booth — and three Republicans — incumbent Frankie Waters, Stan Deatherage, a former commissioner, and Tandy Dunn — are board candidates.

Clerk of Court Marty Paramore, a Democrat, is seeking re-election. He is unopposed.

2nd Judicial District Attorney Seth Edwards faces no opposition in his re-election bid.

Beaufort County resident C. “Chuck” Earley Jr., a Republican, is seeking to represent District 3 in the North Carolina Senate, a position currently held by Erica D Smith, a Democrat from Henrico. Smith is seeking re-election.

In the nonpartisan Beaufort County Board of Education contest, incumbents E.C. Peed, District 2; Terry Williams, District 4; Michael Bilbro, District 6; and Butch Oliver, District 8, are seeking re-election. They are unopposed.

Two seats on the three-member Beaufort County Soil and Water Conservation Board are available this election cycle. The filing period for the election runs from June 11 to July 6.

The filing period for superior and district court candidates begins at noon June 18 and ends at noon June 29. This year, judicial candidates may file as unaffiliated without having to qualify through the petition process.

The Superior Court (2nd Judicial District) seat held by Judge Wayland Sermons Jr. is available this election cycle, as are two of the four District Court judgeships in the 2nd Judicial District. Superior Court judges serve eight-year terms. District Court judges serve four-year terms.

Candidates for available seats on the N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals will file during the June 18-29 filing period.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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