Candidates For Office

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. In the mean time we are posting a basic list for the 2018 elections.

Important  Election  Dates

  • September 7 – Absentee Voting Begins
  • October 12 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • October 18 - One Stop Absentee Voting Begins
  • November 3 – One Stop Absentee Voting Ends
  • November 6 – GENERAL ELECTION DAY - Polls open 6:30am to 7:30pm

Candidates for Election 2018

County Elections

  • Clerk of Court: Ken Raper ,REP, unopposed
  • Register of Deeds: Karen S. Hardesty, REP, unopposed
  • Sheriff: Asa Buck, REP, unopposed
County Commissioners
  • District 1: Robin V. Comer, REP, contested
  • District 2: Bill Smith, REP, contested
  • District 3: Mark Mansfield, REP, contested
  • District 4: no election
  • District 5: no election
  • District 6: Jonathan Robinson, REP, contested
County Board of Education
  • District 1: John (Bubba) McLean, Jr., REP, contested
  • District 2: no election
  • District 3: Robert Clark Jenkins, REP, contested
  • District 4: no election
  • District 5: Brittany H. Wheatly, REP, contested
  • District 6: Kathryn Smith Chadwick, REP, unopposed
Attorney General
  • District 4: No REP candidate
State Elections
  • 2nd Senatorial District: Senator Norman Sanderson, REP, Incumbent, contested
  • NC House or Rep, 13th District: Representative Pat McElraft, REP, Incumbent, contested
  • Judicial Races
    • 3B Supreme Court Election (Jackson seat): Justice Barbara Jackson, REP, contested
    • 3B NC Court of Appeals will be electing 3 of 15 judges
      • NC Court of Appeals (Calabria seat): Judge Ann Marie Calabria, REP, contested
      • NC Court of Appeals (Elmore seat): Judge Jefferson Griffin, REP, contested
      • NC Court of Appeals (Arrowood seat): Judge Andrew Heath, REP, contested
    • Second Division of the NC Superior Court
      • Benjamin G. Alford, REP term expires 2018 3B district
      • John E. Nobles, Jr., REP term expires 2018 3B district
Federal Elections
  • 3rd Congressional District: Walter Jones, REP


(requested from each candidate)

Robert Clark Jenkins

Candidate for Board of Education, District 3

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

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!

Ken Raper 

Candidate for Clerk of Court 

  • Cedar Point, North Carolina
  • Resident of Carteret County for 30 years
  • Family: Wife & Daughter

Employment History:

  • Current:
    • Carteret County Sheriff’s Office – Chief of Administration
      • Duties: Assists the Sheriff by providing supervisory and managerial law enforcement work directing the daily operations and activities of the Sheriff’s Office. Administrative functions such as short and long term planning, grant writing and management, budgeting, department policies and procedure.
  • Past:
    • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission – Biologist Technician
      • Assisted the area Biologist in assessing and implementing habitat management techniques in Eastern North Carolina
    • North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation – Special Agent
      • Served as Fingerprint Examiner, Latent Evidence Examiner, Crime Scene Search Specialist, Diversion & Environmental Crimes Investigator, Clandestine Lab Site Safety Officer and Investigator
    • Emerald Isle Police Department – Reserve Police Officer


  • J.H. Rose High School – Greenville, North Carolina
  • A.S Degree Wildlife Biology & Management – Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, NC
  • B.S. Degree Criminal Justice – North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
  • 13th Session, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Special Agents Academy

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.


  • Photojournalist: Jacksonville Daily News
  • Credentialed Photographer: Fastrack Publications; NASCAR Scene; NASCAR Illustrated; Martinsville Speedway; Richmond International Speedway

Civic Organizations:

  • Franklin Masonic Lodge #109
  • New Bern Scottish Rite Lodge
  • Sudan Shriner
  • Pirate Club Representative; East Carolina Educational Foundation


Representative Pat McElraft

State House District 13

Carteret and Jones County


  • Born March 20,1947
  • Resident of Emerald Isle, North Carolina for over 20 years
  • Married 51 years to retired Marine Colonel Roger McElraft
  • Mother of 2 grown children and grandmother of 2, Emma, and John

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.

  • Part time real estate broker
  • Pat previously served as a Carteret County Commissioner and a three-term Emerald Isle Commissioner


  • C. E. Donart High School in Stillwater Oklahoma 1965
  • Course Studies at Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma 1971-1974
  • Coastal Carolina Community College, Associate 0f Science Degree in Medical Technology 1978

Legislative Experience:

  • Serving the Sixth term in the NC House of Representatives:

Representative Pat McElraft (Rep), Committee Assignments, 2017-2018 Session

Standing or Select Committee
Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources Chairman
Environment Chairman
Ethics Member
Health Care Reform Member
House Select Committee on Disaster Relief Member
House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality Member
Insurance Member
Regulatory Reform Member
State Personnel Member


Non-Standing Committee
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:

  • Rep. McElraft was presented with the Women of Achievement Award by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina, Inc. 2011
  • Awarded the “Carteret County Council of Women’s Business Woman of the Year 2009”
  • Serves on the NC Tourism Board Received “Distinguished Legislator Award” from the NC Recreation & Park Association, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of recreation and parks on a national, regional, state, and local level
  • 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Honoree by the National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • 2016 NC Public Library Directors Association Library Champion Award
  • 2016 NC Heart of a Friend Advocacy Award
  • 2016 State Library Distinguished Service Award
  • 2017 NC Sheriffs Association Defender of Public Safety 2017 NC Alliance for Health Champion for Health

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