Tuesday’s picks set lineup for general elections

By on May 8, 2012

Richard Johnson

Incumbent Richard Johnson defeated former Manteo police chief Francis D’Ambra in Tuesday’s Republican primary race for a seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

Johnson, who represents Roanoke Island and the mainland in District 1, picked up 57 percent of the 2,741 votes cast, according to unofficial results.

Facing him on the November general election ballot will be Alfred Lee Jackson, who beat John Lee Booth in the Democratic primary with 59 percent of the vote.

Mattie Lawson

Mattie Lawson of Kill Devil Hills edged out Arthur Williams of Beaufort County in the GOP primary for the 6th District state House seat with 37 percent of the vote, not quite enough to preclude a runoff in the three-candidate race.

Williams took 36 percent of the vote, and Jeremy D. Adams, 27 percent.

The seat in the newly configured district is now held by state Rep. Tim Spear, who decided not to run for re-election. Democratic candidate Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk was not opposed. The district encompasses Dare, Hyde, Washington and part of Beaufort counties.

Bob Steinburg of Chowan County is the Republican nominee for the District 1 state House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Bill Owens. Steinburg beat Owen Etheridge of Currituck County with 60 percent of the vote. Bill Luton of Elizabeth City is the Democratic candidate.

State approves marriage amendment, Dare County rejects it

The constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman as the only valid domestic legal union in North Carolina was approved statewide.

With all 100 counties reporting, 61 percent of 2.1 million voters casting ballots favored the amendment. It was heavily favored in Curituck County, where 67 percent of 3,866 voters said yes. Dare County rejected the amendment: 51 percent against, 49 percent for. Figures initially reported by elections officials were incorrect.

Paul O'Neal.

Paul O’Neal easily won the Republican nomination for his at-large seat on the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, outpolling his opponent John D. Rorer 4 to 1.

O’Neal will face David Palmer, a Democrat from Barco, in November.

In the primary race for the 4th District seat on the Board of Commissioners, Kevin E. McCord took 43 percent of 2,152 votes cast to defeat Toni Tabb and Paul Beaumont, according to unofficial results.

John Flora III, who was unopposed in the primary, is the Democratic candidate in the 4th District.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones defeated Frank Palombo in the the 3rd Congressional District GOP primary with 69 percent. Erik Anderson of Winterville is the Democratic candidate.

Bill Cook of Chocowinity picked up 63 percent of the vote over Jerry Evans of Washington to earn the GOP slot in the general election against incumbent 1st District state Sen. Stan White.

Incumbents Bea Basnight, David Oaksmith and Ben Sproul all were returned in the non-partisan Board of Education election in Dare County.

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Peregrine White

May 12, 2012 7:20 pm

Let’s get the facts straight-
The Puritans held witchcraft trials – The Pilgrims NONE.
The Pilgrims upheld the one man-one woman idea of mariage.
The Pilgrims had a 75 year unbroken treaty with the American Indians – and paid for what they bought from them.
The Pilgrims came to America to stay out of jail when they wanted to worship other than how the King said.

Peregrine White – whose ever-so-great Grandfather Peregrine was born in Provincetown Harbor in 1620 and died in 1704.


May 10, 2012 5:09 pm

I believe the purpose of the amendment was not for the government to define marital relations. There has been one definition of that since the beginnings of civilization, including in our state.

The amendment was brought forward to keep government from re-defining it.

Prince of Peeps

May 10, 2012 2:26 pm

@ Island safety: My info is only 4 years old, from the 2006-2007 school year. http://www.morganquitno.com/edrank.htm Since 2010-2011 is the last school year that has been completed, you do the math. That’s not old considering that it takes time to put such data together and publish it. Other studies I looked at show NC to be slightly above average, as well. Nowhere did I see anything that ranked us anywhere near 48th, as was purported by mrbojangles. Even your ranking of 36th is far above his. He was trying to make us look like “backwoods hillbilly,” “uneducated bigots full of hate.” I was pointing out his errors and the spiteful bias in his little hissy fit.

That our teacher pay would be ranked at 85% of the national average is no surprise, considering that the cost of living in the North, Northeast, and other states such as California, Hawaii, Alaska is much higher than it is in the South. Salaries in those states would naturally be higher. That’s typical of salaries for ALL professions.

Kevin Gray Conner

May 10, 2012 12:06 pm

It is truly shameful that people regardless of their ideals can’t stand for those values without being called something unflattering. Everyone should have the opportunity to express his/her opinions without fear of being demonized. I have supported the Marriage Amendment since it become a topic in 2008 and I know that my stand doesn’t find favor with many; however we do live in a free society were speech and expression are protected. That same principle applies to both sides.

Island Safety

May 10, 2012 8:35 am

A quick note to PoP…your education ranking figures are 8 years old. In Math and Science at least we are 36th in the nation with our teacher pay even lower than South Carolina at 85% of national average.


May 10, 2012 8:00 am

Bojanles You sound just like the Taliban! I dont see any one cutting the heads off other humans because of their beliefs! THATS WHAT THE TALIBAN DO! The people spoke, you dont like it HIT THE ROAD & TAKE OBX DAD WITH YOU!


May 10, 2012 7:49 am

so, explain to me why so called “conservatives” want government to stay out of our lives, not dictate morals, behavior etc and yet they support government defining something so personal as defining marital relations?


May 10, 2012 7:47 am

re mrbojangles’….”…..was founded by Pligrims fleeing religious persecution.” Anybody been burned at the stake or dunked lately for having differenting views on a subject ? Glad we got past that…………..although, it may take water to put out the firey words.


May 9, 2012 11:06 pm

I find it such a mark of intolerance that some people equate disagreeing on an issue with hatred, bigotry and ignorance.

And most of the time those kinds of remarks come from those who clamor for tolerance. Just don’t disagree with them.

Therein lies the hypocrisy.


May 9, 2012 10:13 pm

LOL @ anyone calling NC a “Red State”.

Never let facts stand in the way of a good story….

There has been near continuous Democratic control at every level since the end of Reconstruction.

Only twice has the state gone for a Republican president that didn’t win the overall election. 10 times a Republican presidential candidate took the state vs 22 times for the Democrats.

A whooping total of 3 Governors have been Republican since Zeb Vance took office on January 1, 1877.

Prior to 2010, Republicans last controlled the Senate in 1898.

Just a reminder the 2012 Democratic National Convention is in Charlotte.

Sounds like a blue state to me.

Dazed and Confused

May 9, 2012 9:04 pm


May 9, 2012 7:24 pm

Thank you, Mrbojangles…really well said. Thank you for your thoughtful post. There are many of us who agree with you and will not allow our voices to be drowned out amid the all the noise.

backwoods hillbilly

May 9, 2012 6:51 pm

I’ve lived on the Outer Banks since the day I was born. As a matter of fact, my lineage in this area actually traces back to the colonists & indians. I grew up in Manns Harbor & raised in the church by fairly strict ultra-conservative parents. So some MIGHT call me a redneck, backwoods hillbilly, or any other variation of that stereotype. OR even assume that since I grew up here that I’m uneducated or a bigot. So do all of those assumptions & stereotypes still apply to me even though I voted AGAINST the bill?
I’m proud of where I’m from & how I was raised. Our beautiful state is much more than this bill. And what OF those of us who voted against the bill or even the counties that voted against it (b/c Dare County WAS 1 of a handful of counties who voted against it)?
The REAL problem is not WHO voted for or against the bill. The real problem are those people who didn’t vote at all. Out of 6.3 million registered voters, only 2.16 million voted (34.38%). THAT is what makes this a sad day in NC.
You’re right though about being educated on the matters at hand. But last time I checked, education involved students AND teachers. Be a teacher for the change you want to see.

Prince of Peeps

May 9, 2012 6:20 pm

PS to mrbojangles: BTW, haven’t heard ANY Christians encouraging stoning here, but they do call for it in Afghanistan, directed by the Taliban, so watch yourself.

Prince of Peeps

May 9, 2012 6:13 pm

Mrbojangles: You are wrong on so many counts.

In your diatribe, you don’t actually come right out and say that you are homosexual, though you align yourself with their interests. One could assume, but one could be wrong. Regardless, there are many derogatory epithets associated with homosexuality that certainly could be tossed out there as easily as the name calling that comes from you and your side, but none have. That hasn’t stopped you from lambasting the people with whom you disagree, and who disagree with you. Apparently all who don’t agree with you must be “backwoods hillbilly,” “uneducated bigots full of hate.” All us ignorant fools need to shut up and listen to you, because you know everything, right? A bit elitist, don’t you think?

Dealing with the four issues you raised to erroneously determining that NC is a bunch of “backwoods hillbilly,” “uneducated bigots full of hate,” I counter that:

1) Poverty is relative,and measuring it by some dollar standard gives an inaccurate picture of the reality. Just because wages may be higher in one state than another does not mean that the standard of living is better there. For instance Hawaii, California, and New Jersey have the highest costs of living. People earn a lot more there, but it costs them an arm and a leg to live. It’s very inexpensive to live in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Arkansas (bottom 3 cost of living,) but that doesn’t mean that quality of life is less in those states. As far as cost of living, NC ranks about in the middle.

2) In unemployment, NC ranks right behind New Jersey, and ahead of the District of Columbia, California, and Rhode Island. Are those states full of “backwoods hillbilly,” “uneducated bigots full of hate?”

3) NC does not rank 48th in education, but rather 22nd. Check this link to get your facts straight. http://www.statemaster.com/graph/edu_bes_edu_ind-education-best-educated-index

4) You denigrate NC for it’s law to allow marriage between 1st cousins, and excoriate us for our backwoods hillbilly ways, but NEARLY ALL of your beloved blue states allow such marriages, too. (CA, IL, IN, WI, NY, NJ, and all of New England except NH.) They must be ignorant hillbillies, too! Less than half the red states allow it.

So it seems that NC is not nearly so bad as you make it out to be. You made several nonfactual accusations, so maybe you owe NC an apology.

It appears to me, that rather than dealing with fact, you choose to rant emotionally, throwing a temper tantrum because you didn’t get your way. If you hate it so much here, I invite you to move somewhere else. Try Afghanistan for a while, and be sure to send us a note telling us again how Christians are just as bad as the Taliban.


May 9, 2012 4:36 pm

Well hallelujah! The Christian Right Wingers has got some power! Look out next we’re going to get Roe V. Wade, then it’s prayer back in our schools, then it will be a hate crime to say anything against Christians. You bigots and judges and haters of anybody who disagrees with you Mr. Bojangles and the others,everybody that voted for the amendnment is not a christian. And by the way you portray our state looks like you need another place to live.


May 9, 2012 3:12 pm

To Ex OBX Visitor — the same way it affects tourism in the other 29 states with similar constitutional bans.


May 9, 2012 2:56 pm

So, did anyone wake up this morning and notice a difference? Probably not. If you are gay will you go to work and abuse your straight colleagues? Probably not. If you are straight, will you go to work and abuse your gay colleagues? Probably not. Fact is despite the vote, your relationships have not and will not change, so what’s the big deal? As for Ex OBX Visitor, I would predict nil, zero, nada. The bulk of US states have similar constitutional definitions and most people consider cost/weather and not the state constitution.


May 9, 2012 2:27 pm

Mrbojangles, Very well said.


May 9, 2012 1:58 pm

Exactly mrbojangles, well said.

POP, if the shoe fits, wear it.

Ex OBX Visitor

May 9, 2012 12:33 pm

Any thoughts on how this could affect tourism in your state?


May 9, 2012 12:32 pm

Perhaps PoP, obxdad isn’t name calling just b/c things didn’t go his way yesterday. Maybe he, along with others such as myself, think that this state is full of uneducated bigots full of ignorance and hate for these following reasons as well:
NC ranks
-in the Top 10 Poorest States in U.S. (all 10 are RED states)
-has 5th highest unemployment rate in the nation
-ranks #48 in public education
-allows marriage between first cousins, but not gay folks. (I guess incest is not a threat to the “sanctity” of marriage? And how about we stone to death all couples that file for divorce while we’re at it?)

When will wannabe backwoods hillbillies like yourself wake up? The higher power I believe doesn’t discriminate. I’m tired of the American Taliban, aka the Christian Right-Wing, forcing their beliefs on the rest of us. America was not founded as a Christian Nation. It was founded by Pilgrims fleeing religious persecution. The right wing loves to talk about 1) Smaller, more limited Gov’t, 2) upholding the Constitution, and 3) our founding forefathers beliefs and wishes. Well, congrats you managed to violate and become hypocrites on all 3 with this vote. You expanded governments reach into the lives of private citizens. You violated both Amendment 1 & 14 of the U.S. Constitution. And you trampled all over our founding fathers wishes of a Separation between Church & State.

Make no mistake, the Christian right-wing is exactly like the Taliban they claim to hate. Both force their religious views/beliefs on the entire populace, both love brandishing guns when gathered together, and both oppress womens rights. Our country’s sad state of affairs is only going to worsen if these lunatics are continually allowed to let their distorted views of the Bible override secular law.

Prince of Peeps

May 9, 2012 11:55 am

Yeah, resort to name calling, that will help your cause. Just because you didn’t get your way, NC is full of uneducated bigots full of hate. Really mature.


May 9, 2012 10:19 am

A sad day for equality in N.C.

Maybe this will wake up people who are too busy to vote… our state is in danger of becoming just another red state backwater, full of uneducated bigots, proud and confident in their ignorance and hate.

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