Democratic precinct chairman to run for KDH Board

By on August 17, 2017

Luke Mahler, Democratic precinct chairman in Kill Devil Hills, has announced that he will run for a seat on the town’s Board of Commissioners, saying he wants to bring a “fresh perspective” to local government.

Here is his announcement:

“I owe a great deal to the residents of Kill Devil Hills and Dare County who supported me through a difficult last few years while I was recovering from an accident that occurred while I was attending college full-time and working to help pay for my education.


“I am running because it’s time to focus on local issues and concerns that impact our working families; increase support for our public schools; and protect the beauty of our pristine beaches and environment which attract so many to live, work, and play here on the Outer Banks.”

Mahler is a graduate of Dare County Schools, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in History and Classics. He has volunteered for several local aid organizations, including the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County, Monday Night Alive program for at-risk children, and the Dare County Elementary School system.

He is the son of Debi Mahler Baum, a local Certified Public Accountant, and Jonathan Baum, a tugboat captain and boat-builder who spent numerous years on the Hatteras and Currituck ferries, as well as the late Mark Mahler, who served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.  Mahler’s grandparents, who also live on the Outer Banks, are the Reverends Fran and Craig Peel.

Currently, Mahler is Kill Devil Hills Democratic Precinct chair. While serving in that role, he says, “I’ve seen the transformative and meaningful effects passion and activism can have on a community, and I aim to bring that experience to bear every single day as commissioner of Kill Devil Hills.”

For additional information on Luke’s campaign; his upcoming events schedule; and how to contact him to volunteer, donate, or discuss issues impacting Kill Devil Hills voters, visit his website at  Follow him on Facebook at “Luke Mahler for KDH Commissioner” (@lukeforkdh) or send an email to


The municipal election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017, with one-stop early voting scheduled to begin Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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