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The 2018 Mid-Term Elections are very important in our Local, State and Federal Elections. We have requested Bios from all our local city and county candidates and will update this section as we received that information from the candidates.
There are some important amendments to the NC Constitution that will be on the ballot this November. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to read and be informed before you go to the polls!
Received additional training and continuing education from: Federal Bureau of Investigation; NC State Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Environmental Protection Agency; North Carolina Sheriff’s Association.
Occupation: RV Resort Owner/Manager
Bio: Wife, Donna Comer, 2 sons, Russell and Ryan. Permanent resident since 1988. Member of the Swansboro Rotary Club. Served on the Carteret County Planning Commission for 12 years.
Term expires: November 2018
Boards Currently Serving On: HWY. 70 Corridor Commission, Rural Transportation Advisory Committee, Tourism Development Authority
Occupation: Retired Civil Service M.C.A.S. Cherry Point and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Chief.
Bio: Mr. Smith was born in Sampson County and has lived in Carteret County since 1986.
Term Expires: November 2018
Boards Currently Serving On: Aging Planning Board, Carteret County Library Board, Civilian Military Community Council, Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library Board, Cultural & Recreational Advisory Board, Newport Library Board
Occupation: Real Estate Broker / Business Owner
Bio: Wife, Joni Mansfield, 2 daughters and 1 son, Megan, Maddie and Michael. Lifelong Carteret County resident, Served on the Carteret County Board of Education 2.5 years, 3 term President of the Crystal Coast MLS, and Past President of the Carteret County Association of Realtors.
Term Expires: November 2018
Boards currently serving on: CCATS Board, Carteret Health Care Board, HWY. 70 Corridor Commission
Occupation: Commercial Fisherman
Bio: Jonathan Robinson has served on the Board of Commissioners since his election in November 1998. Jonathan previously served in the NC House of Representatives from 1995 to 1996.
Term expires: November 2018
Boards currently serving on: Carteret County Partnership for Children, Carteret County Transportation Committee, Carteret County Scenic ByWay Committee, Harbor Authority - Ex-Officio Member, Humane Society - Ex-Officio Member, Marine Fisheries Advisory Board, Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC), Waterways Management Committee
Years on board of Education: 4; District 1; Term expires: 2018
Occupation: Owner of Coastal Property Management Group, LLC
Current Board Areas of Oversight: Building/Grounds/Child Nutrition/Transportation; Finance/Personnel/Student Services; Superintendent Evaluation; Political Liaison
Education: Bachelor of arts degree in history with minor in business administration from Elon University
Other Involvements: Member of Swansboro United Methodist Church; Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Board member; current Seashore Soccer League soccer coach and Carteret County Parks and Recreation Department basketball coach; volunteer at NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
My name is Robert Clark Jenkins. I have a wonderful wife of 18 years, Frances, and two incredible children, Ford 13, and Marian Grey, 10. They attend Morehead Elementary School and Morehead Middle School. I live in Morehead City and can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/Committee-to-Elect-Clark-Jenkins-219302012139683/
I attended North Carolina State University and Barton College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Business Administration. I have been the owner of Heritage Cabinet Company for 14 years.
I have been on the North Carolina Seafood Festival board for 7 years, having served as chairman in 2016, where I had the wonderful opportunity to get to know and watch communities work together for a common positive cause. I am presently coaching U12 soccer and have been involved in coaching volleyball, soccer and basketball. Coaching has been tremendously rewarding allowing me to personally have a positive affect on many young athletes. I am also one of the high school youth leaders at First United Methodist Church. One of my main goals is to fill these young people with self confidence that allows them to have the ability to make wise and positive decisions as they navigate their daily life. Lastly, I am a member of an organization called F3, which has taught me over the years that I am 3rd after God and my family.
One of my main goals as a board of education member is to listen where it counts and matters…to the teachers, the students and the principals. The boots on the ground is where the most valuable information and feedback is and by focusing on this I believe we can, with good fiscal policy and efficiency, take our schools from the 13th best in the state to the very best. As a long time small business owner I am well positioned to listen to successes and concerns, implement common sense solutions if necessary and embrace the school culture for the betterment of everybody involved!
My name is Brittany Wheatly.
I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Carteret County School Board. I am grateful for the opportunity to run and if elected I look forward to serving the citizens of Carteret County.
I am running for School Board for the following reasons:
First, I believe in giving back to my community and I believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the School Board. I am married to Eddie Wheatly and a mom of two boys (Beau and Sam) who attend Beaufort Elementary. I am in their school almost every day. Several of my friends are also teachers. I know firsthand how hard teachers work and I want to be a voice for both them and the parents who are concerned about the quality of their child’s education.
I graduated from East Carteret High School. I have a BS in Business Management. I am currently employed by McGreat LLC (d.b.a. Great Clips) as the Director of Real Estate. I know what it is like to grow up in Carteret County and then come back home to start a career and raise a family. Looking back, I am so thankful for the teachers I had and the lessons they taught me. I appreciate how important they were to my personal growth. My children will attend Carteret County Schools for the next 12 years. I want to make sure my kids have the same positive educational experience.
Carteret County recognizes and appreciates forward thinking conservative leadership. If given the opportunity, I will bring a unique perspective to the school board that can help propel our schools into the future.
To follow Brittany’s campaign go to her Facebook page at: Elect Brittany Wheatly for Carteret County School Board District 5. www.facebook.com/Elect-Brittany-Wheatly-for-Carteret-County-School-Board-District-5-152599142110219/#_=_ .
To follow Kathryn’s campaign got to her facebook page at Elect Kathyrn Chadwick Carteret County School Board District 6. www.facebook.com/Elect-Kathryn-Smith-Chadwick-Carteret-County-School-Board-District-6-2003985983175298/
“I believe in lower taxes, less government, personal responsibility and individual liberties as the basis for good government. I will strive to uphold these principles as I serve you in the NC Senate.”
Norman Sanderson was born in Lumberton, NC on July 7, 1951. Norman and his six brothers and sisters learned the value of a strong work ethic as they worked the family farm through their entire youth. Norman graduated from West Columbus High School and attended North Carolina State University, focusing on Agricultural Education. He later earned a BA in Christian Education from Logos Christian College & Graduate Schools.
Norman has been a resident of Craven and Pamlico Counties for over 43 years. During those years, the strong work ethic learned in the early years on the family farm inspired him…to become an entrepreneur who has over 20 years of small business experience; meeting a payroll, balancing a budget and making the tough decisions that kept his business thriving.
In 2010, Norman was elected by the voters of North Carolina House District 3 (Craven and Pamlico Counties) to serve in the NC House of Representatives, defeating a 4-term Democrat incumbent with an impressive 64% of the vote. In 2012, Norm was asked to run for the NC Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jean Preston. Using hard work and a strong grass-roots campaign, he won a three way Republican primary with 51% of the vote and the general election with a 63% majority. As District 2 Senator, he serves on the following committee’s: Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology (Co-Chair), State and Local Government (Co-Chair), Insurance (Vice-Chair), Commerce, Finance, Judicial I, and Workforce and Economic Development. In addition to those assignments, Norman represents the Senate on the NC Tourism Board and serves as Senate co-chair of the NC Legislative Prayer Caucus.
Norman is a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican – in that order. He believes in the sanctity of human life and is pleased to have received an endorsement from NC Right to Life. Norman believes in our 2nd Amendment rights and is pleased to have received an endorsement from the NRA. Norman also believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman and worked for the passage of NC’s Defence of Marriage Act. In 2013, he was voted “Most Conservative” Senator by the NC Civitas Institute. Norman has served his community as past president of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship America Crystal Coast Chapter, First Vice Chair of NC’s Third Congressional District, Secretary of the Craven County Republican Men’s Club, member of Pamlico County Committee of 100, member of the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce and Havelock Chamber of Commerce, and member of Oriental Rotary Club.
Norman and his wife of 43 years, Linda are the proud parents of daughter Jennifer and husband Frankie Alcock and son Lee and wife Stephanie. They are blessed with 3 grandsons, Caleb, Joel and Addison.
Carteret and Jones County
Representative McElraft is retired as a technical sales representative by a National Microbiology Products Company for over 30 years. She resides in Emerald Isle with her husband and her many cats.
Representative Pat McElraft (Rep), Committee Assignments, 2017-2018 Session
|Standing or Select Committee
|Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources||Chairman|
|Health Care Reform||Member|
|House Select Committee on Disaster Relief||Member|
|House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality||Member|
|Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources||Chairman|
|Environmental Review Commission||Vice Chair|
|Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations Regulatory Reform State Personnel|
Awards and Recognition:
In November 2010, Barbara Jackson was elected to serve on the Supreme Court of North Caroina – twenty years after beginning her career there as a law clerk for (then Associate) Justice Burley B. Mitchell, Jr. Previously, she served as Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals for six years. Prior to taking office, she practiced law for fourteen years, including serving as General Counsel to Commissioner Cherie Berry in the North Carolina Department of Labor. She also worked in Governor James G. Martin’s office, for an advocacy agency for persons with disabilities, and in private practice concentrating in the area of land use and local government law prior to returning to public service at the Labor Department.
Justice Jackson received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Thomas J. Watson National Merit Scholar, and served on the staff of the Law Review and as President of Phi Delta Phi in law school. In May 2014, she was awarded a Master of Laws in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law. An updated version of her thesis, “Called to Duty: Justice William J. Gaston,” was published last fall in the North Carolina Law Review.
In May 2015, Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed Justice Jackson as one of five co-chairs of a new North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. She was charged with focusing on the area of technology and the courts. In 2014, Justice Jackson authored the article “To Follow or Not To Follow: The Brave New World of Social Media,” published in the ABA Judges Journal.
Justice Jackson is a member of the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA, and serves as State Chair for North Carolina. She is a past member of the Board of Governors and Section Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association, and remains active in other sections and committees. Justice Jackson also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association. Currently, she serves on the North Carolina Courts Commission and is a past member of the Dispute Resolution Commission.
Justice Jackson is the daughter of Phyllis Jackson and the late Kenneth W. Jackson. She was raised in Wake County and graduated from Athens Drive Senior High School. In 2011, Justice Jackson married Stanly County native Scott Mabry at Highland United Methodist Church, where she has been a member since 1974.
In 1996, Justice Jackson appeared on the game show JEOPARDY! as a contestant. When time permits, she enjoys competing in trivia contests on a team with some of the other North Carolina appellate court judges.
For more information about Justice Barbara Jackson, please see her website at: www.justicejackson.com
This is a video made by the Buncombe County GOP about the NC Supreme Court Justice Race. It's a quick, interesting look at this year's very important election.
Chuck is a native of North Carolina where he has practiced law for 37 years. He is married to Johanna Kitchen, his wife of 40 years. They have two children and one grandchild.
He began his legal career as Assistant County Attorney for Durham County following his graduation from UNC Law School. He moved to Alamance County and became the County Attorney in 1986. He then returned to Durham County as County Attorney in 1996 where he remained until his retirement from the County in 2009.
Beginning in 2010, Chuck entered private practice. Since that time, he has represented public officials, local governments, and private parties. He currently
serves as town attorney for the Town of Holly Ridge, and serves as general counsel for the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority.
During his legal career, Chuck has appeared before administrative tribunals and courts in North Carolina, as well as, various Federal Courts including the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, and the United States Supreme Court, where he appeared as attorney of record for Durham County in R.J. Reynolds v. Durham County, NC. He has extensive experience in practicing before the North Carolina appellate courts.
Chuck is now running for the seat held by Judge Rick Elmore on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Judge Elmore has previously announced that he is retiring
and will not seek reelection. Chuck stated that he is running because he wants to give back to the State and its people after his long legal career.
For more information got to: www.kitchenforcourtofappeals.com
"I’m Judge Jefferson Griffin. I'm running for the Court of Appeals because North Carolinians deserve a Judge who will protect their Constitution."
Judge Griffin was born and raised on a farm in Red Oak, NC in Nash County. He graduated from Northern Nash High School where he was captain of the football team.
He then went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. After graduating from UNC, Judge Griffin earned his United States Coast Guard Captain’s license and worked as a charter fisherman on the North Carolina coast.
In 2008, Judge Griffin graduated from North Carolina Central School of Law. He began practicing law in Kinston, NC focusing in civil litigation and criminal defense litigation.
In 2010, Judge Griffin joined the Wake County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted cases from infractions to first degree murder over a five-year period.
In 2015, Jefferson was appointed by Governor McCrory to be a District Court Judge in Wake County. He handles civil and criminal cases from all over Wake County in his current role. Judge Griffin was elected to a four-year term in the 2016 general election in Wake County.
Judge Griffin also serves as a First Lieutenant in the North Carolina Army National Guard as a JAG Officer. He is assigned to the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, known as “Old Hickory”.
Judge Griffin is an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club and the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association. He is a member at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh.
For more information please go to Judge Griffin’s website: http://www.jeffersongriffin.com/
In his role as a Superior Court Judge, Andrew is tasked with making complex decisions in felony criminal cases and high-dollar civil matters. Andrew believes in American rule of law and strongly respects and believes in following the United States Constitution.
While serving as Chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, Andrew presided over appeals of workers’ compensation cases. In his three years as Chairman, he authored numerous legal opinions and managed all aspects of the Industrial Commission’s operations and all 160 employees. As the Director of the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM), he was responsible for advising the Governor on North Carolina’s $510 billion GDP economy and $22.3 billion state budget. Andrew also served as secretary to the NC Council of State and served on the State Health Plan Board. He has counseled a spectrum of clients ranging from indigent criminal defendants to large corporations as an attorney in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Andrew Heath attended UNC Asheville on an athletic scholarship where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management. Heath earned his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
He married his college sweetheart, Kristen, and the two graduated from law school together before moving back to Kristen’s hometown of Wilmington. After several years in Wilmington, the Heaths moved to Raleigh to enter public service. Kristen and Andrew have two children, a girl and a boy, and are members of Christ Baptist Church.
Andrew is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award and is a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Emerging Legal Leader.
For more information please go to www.heathforjustice.com .
Walter Jones was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, following ten years of service as an elected member of the North Carolina General Assembly. Jones strongly believes in the strength of faith and family, and has worked to represent the citizens of Eastern North Carolina with honor and integrity.
Since taking office, Congressman Jones has fought for an effective, commonsense government that returns power and control to the people. He has committed himself to providing tax relief for American families, retirement security for our nation's seniors, a strong national defense, and a quality education for every child. This dedication and effort has earned him the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Congressman Jones has also been a leader in fighting the U.S. trade deficit and leveling the playing field for American workers, as well as curbing special interests in the election process. He has always been very outspoken on his pro-life views, and has fought to protect the free speech of military chaplains as well as all members of the clergy.
Currently serving his 12th term in Congress, Congressman Jones is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services. As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, he has concentrated on safeguarding the well-being of our nation's veterans and active service members. Congressman Jones has sponsored and co-sponsored more veterans’ legislation in the last three Congressional terms than any other sitting member of Congress. He has received numerous awards from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and many other Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs).
Congressman Jones recently saw the conclusion of a 14 year journey to clear the names of two Marine pilots who died in a V-22 Osprey crash. The pilots were incorrectly blamed for the crash by the Marine Corps. For 14 years, Jones petitioned the Department of Defense to correct the record and clear the names of the pilots. This past year, the Department of Defense issued a statement that clarifies the causes of the crash.
As a member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee in 2010, Congressman Jones was behind the incorporation of language into the National Defense Authorization Act concerning treatment for returning troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He continues to monitor facilities and treatment advances for service members recovering from TBIs.
While only three percent of all bills introduced in the 104th Congress ever became law, President Clinton signed Jones's War Crimes Act into law on August 21, 1996. Each year since 2001, Congressman Jones has introduced legislation to change the name of the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. He strongly believes that our nation's Marines deserve proper recognition for their sacrifice.
Jones is also committed to preserving and protecting North Carolina's unique history and culture. In 1998, he passed legislation to protect the wild horses on Shackleford Banks of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Since then, he has worked with numerous North Carolina legislators continuing to preserve the state’s wild horses.
In 2010, Congressman Jones was named #17 out of 535 on The Hill Newspaper's 25 Hardest Working Lawmakers list. In 2004, a survey of top Capitol Hill staff conducted by Washingtonian Magazine ranked Congressman Jones #1 out of the 435 U.S. House members in the "Just Plain Nice" category. To read about other honors and awards Congressman Jones has earned for his work in Congress, go to: www.jones.house.gov/about-me/full-biography/honors-and-awards .
Congressman Jones drives home to Farmville every weekend to his wife Joe Anne and his dog, Darby. They have one daughter, Ashley.
For more information go to: www.jones.house.gov
To volunteer for his campaign go to: http://www.walterjonescommittee.com/
NC Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot in November
1. Right to hunt and fish
This is a constitutional amendment protecting the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
The amendment is supported by the State Director of the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and other leaders in outdoor heritage associations. The amendment clarifies that hunting and fishing are a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife, subject to conservation and preservation laws. Hunting and fishing are essential parts of conservation efforts and also contribute to the economy of the state in a significant way. The state issued over 1.5 million hunting and fishing licenses in 2016 and draws billions of dollars in annual spending by sportsmen that supports tens of thousands of local jobs in North Carolina.
2. Strengthening Victim’s Rights (Mary's Law)
This is a constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.
Guarantees victims the right to: be present at any proceeding, to be heard at certain proceedings, to receive restitution in a timely manner, to receive information upon request, and to confer with the prosecutor. Creates an enforcement mechanism for victims to file motions with the court if deprived of their rights. Expands the offenses that trigger victims’ rights to include crimes against the person, felony property crimes, delinquent acts against the person, and delinquent acts equivalent to felony property crimes. Marsy’s law makes clear that none of its language is to be construed as a restriction upon the inherent rights of the court or the district attorney handling the case.
3. Judicial Merit Selection Amendment
This is a constitutional amendment to implement a nonpartisan merit-based system that relies on professional qualifications instead of political influence when nominating Justices and judges to be selected to fill vacancies that occur between judicial elections.
The proposal establishes a Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission and local merit selection committees appointed by all three branches of government. The Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, the Governor, and General Assembly would all make appointments to this independent, nonpartisan commission. The people of North Carolina would be empowered to nominate their fellow citizens to fill any judicial vacancy simply by submitting their name to the commission. This new and open process focuses on personal qualifications of each candidate, increases transparency and citizen participation in judicial vacancy appointments. The Current system has consistently resulted in appointments of political patronage.
4.Bipartisan Ethics and Elections Enforcement
This is a Constitutional amendment to establish a bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections to administer ethics and elections laws, to clarify the appointment authority of the Legislative and the Judicial Branches, and to prohibit legislators from serving on boards and commissions exercising executive or judicial authority.
The eight-member board will be appointed by the General Assembly, with four members appointed by the Senate and four by the House, ensuring that no political party would have a majority on the board. Unaffiliated members may be appointed to any position on the board. Removes politics from the enforcement of elections, ethics and lobbying laws in North Carolina. Prohibits state legislators from being appointed to a state board or commission that exercises executive or judicial powers.
5. Reducing the maximum Income Tax Rate
This is a constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%).
Handcuffs tax-hiking, big spending politicians. Smart budgeting is key to maintaining our unanimous AAA bond rating. Lowers the maximum income tax rate from 10% to 7%
6. Require photo ID to vote
Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.
North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast not to require some form of voter ID. 34 other states already require some form of voter ID. The overwhelming majority of North Carolinians support voter ID as a commonsense measure to strengthen election security.
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