Anne Petera plans to run for mayor in Kill Devil HIlls

By on July 7, 2019

Anne Petera, a former secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia who lost a tight race for Dare County Commissioner in 2018, will be a candidate for Kill Devil Hills mayor this fall.

A Kill Devil Hills property owner since 1987 and a town resident since 2015, Petera released a statement indicating that she will officially file the formal paperwork for her mayoral candidacy on Monday, July 8.

The filing period for the fall municipal elections began on July 5.

“I love where I live and have a strong desire to serve in local government,” she said in the statement.  “I am a proponent of complete transparency in all government and will work to improve communications with our citizens about every aspect of town business.”

“We have many challenges in front of us – beach nourishment, housing for all, storm water management and keeping our taxes low,” she added. “I am committed to these efforts and will work hard to earn the vote of my fellow citizens.”

Petera’s announcement comes in the wake of the news that eight-year incumbent Mayor Sheila Davies will not seek re-election. Ben Sproul, a Dare County Board of Education member, has already said that he will also seek the mayor’s post.

Locally, Petera has served on the COA Taskforce and chairs the COA Scholarship Committee, which will work to award $250,000 in scholarships next year to county high school graduates.  She is a volunteer at the Beach Food Pantry, a member of the Board of Directors of Creative Choices Pregnancy Resource Center and a Director of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, a national non-profit that works to prevent bullying in schools and promote good relations between law enforcement personnel and their communities.

A Richmond native, Petera served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1998- 2002 and was a Vice Rector for Virginia’s State Board for Community Colleges. She was also member of the Board of Directors of the VCU Health System Authority (Medical College of Virginia), where she served as Chair of the Audit Committee.

After easily winning a Republican primary race for a seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners in 2018, Petera lost a close general election contest to well-known restaurateur and then Kitty Hawk Council Member Irvin Bateman.


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  • Wombatnc

    Here we go again; political party before the people and our needs.

    Tuesday, Jul 9 @ 4:35 pm
  • Alexander Hollingsworth

    A Republican pulling a Hillary Clinton! Now that’s poetic!

    Tuesday, Jul 9 @ 7:46 pm