The League of Women Voters of Dare County will host a forum for all Dare County Board of Education (BOE) candidates, followed by a meet-and-greet for all Dare County candidates running in the Nov. 8 election, next Wed., Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., in the Nags Head Elementary School Multipurpose Room.

Marie Russell and Matt Brauer, both of Kitty Hawk, are vying for the BOE District 3 seat, which represents Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, and Duck; and Jessica Fearns, of Kill Devil Hills, is opposing Ron Payne, of Nags Head, for the District 2 seat, which represents Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Colington.

Barry Wickre is running unopposed for the District 1 seat, which represents the Dare Mainland and Roanoke Island.   

You may submit questions for the BOE candidates, with your name, to lwvdare@gmail.com until Monday, Oct. 10. Forum audience members also will have an opportunity to submit questions during the event.

Immediately after the forum, other Dare County candidates will participate in a meet-and-greet during which audience members will hear brief statements from them and be able to speak with them informally.

The contested BOE elections are two of only four contested elections for Dare County office this General Election Day. The other contested Dare County races are between Democrat Heather Euler and Republican Ervin Bateman for the at-large seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners, which Mr. Bateman currently holds; and between Democrat Andrian (Sweet Pea) Tillett and Republican Cheryl House for Register of Deeds, a position currently held by Ms. House. 

The LWV forum will be videotaped and available for viewing through the League of Women Voters of Dare YouTube page.

Ms. Russell and Ms. Fearns are running for the Board of Education as Unaffiliated candidates, having obtained the valid signatures of more than 1,200 registered Dare County voters (4 percent of the electorate) on petitions in order to qualify to have their names appear on the general election ballot.

All of the other BOE candidates are Republicans.

Dare County Board of Education elections became partisan in 2018 as the result of a “local bill” ratified by the two houses of the N.C. General Assembly. Because the bill applied to fewer than 15 counties in the state, it did not require Governor Roy Cooper’s signature and became law upon ratification.

In order for Unaffiliated candidates to have their names on the ballot in a partisan election, N.C. law requires them to secure nomination by petition. (See N.C. General Statutes sec. 163-122(a)(3).)

We refer you to the LWV’s website, www.vote411.org, for more information about the BOE candidates, all of whom have responded to questions about their backgrounds, qualifications, and positions on issues, except for Mr. Wickre. Www.vote411.org provides biographical and political issue information about all of the candidates on the ballot for Southern Shores voters, provided the candidate responded to the questions asked of him/her by the LWV.  


There are two houses in Chicahauk on the Outer Banks Home Builders Association’s 2022 Parade of Homes, which started yesterday and continues through tomorrow, for tours each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tour tickets cost $10 and are available for sale at the 11 houses on the parade or online at https://www.obhomebuilders.org/ 2022-parade-of-homes/.

A virtual tour is being offered by the OBHBA, in addition to the in-person tour.

The two houses in Chicahauk are at:

103 High Dune Loop, a 3,600-square-foot, 4 BR/5BA house with pool, priced at $1.4 million and built by David Buchanan of Compass Edge Construction, Inc.; and

73 Poteskeet Trail, a 3,007-square-foot, 4 BR/3½BA house priced at $875,000 and built by Croatan Custom Homes.

Of the other nine houses on the parade, three are in Corolla, one is in Powells Point, and the remainder are in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

We refer you to the website above for further information about the homes and the tour.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 10/7/22


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