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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