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Political

  • Navassa mayoral candidate Jerry L. Merrick

    Name: Jerry L. Merrick

    Office sought: Navassa mayor

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Age: 50

    Education: Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Elizabeth City State University

    Profession: Case manager at Southeastern Community Family Services Inc.

    Political and public service experience: Ten years as a Navassa town councilman

  • Navassa mayoral candidate Eulis A. Willis (incumbent)

    Name: Eulis A. Willis

    Office sought: Navassa mayor

    Party affiliation: No answer

    Age: 69

    Education: Bachelor of Science in sociology

    Profession: Retired-public utility

    Political and public service experience: Town council member (21 years); current mayor (18 years); National Park Service board member (10 years); North Carolina League of Municipalities board (four years); Brunswick County Parks and Recreation coach (more than 25 years)

  • Navassa Town Council District 1 candidate Ernest Mooring Jr.

    Name: Ernest Mooring Jr.

    Office sought: Navassa Town Council District 1

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Age: 54

    Education: Associate of Arts

    Profession: Retired Army veteran

    Political and public service experience: Four years as town councilman, EPA Environmental Justice Academy alumnus, Navassa Positive Hoops mentor

  • Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners candidate Carolyn P. Blythe (incumbent)

    Name: Carolyn P. Blythe

    Office sought: Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 79

    Education: Kings Business College

    Profession: Retired

    Political and public service experience: Served unexpired term of late husband in 2012 and now serving the term of a commissioner who moved off the island

  • Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners candidate Cherri Cheek

    Name: Cherri Cheek

    Office sought: Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 65

    Education: Bachelor of Arts, early childhood education, UNC-Chapel Hill

    Profession: Realtor/owner of Resort Brokerage

    Political and public service experience: Includes Sunset Beach Town Council, 1991-95; Sunset Beach mayor, 1995-2005; NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching board member/trustees and foundation board, 2002-present; NC Insurance Underwriters Association, 2001-present

  • Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners candidate Gayle Hughes

    Name: Gayle Hughes

    Office sought: Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners

    Party affiliation: n/a

    Age: 67

    Education: Bachelor’s degree, UNC-Chapel Hill; Master’s degree, UNC-Charlotte

    Profession: Retired educator/current volunteer

    Political and public service experience: Museum of Coastal Carolina volunteer, Ocean Isle Beach Recreation Board, Paws-Ability Member, Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization volunteer, Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association volunteer, The Dunes Condominiums board

  • Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners candidate R. Wayne Rowell (incumbent)

    Name: R. Wayne Rowell

    Office sought: Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 74

    Education: Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of South Carolina

    Profession: Retired Certified Public Accountant (certificate remains active); 42-year career in public accounting with PriceWaterhouse/Coopers (13 years) and Rowell, Craven & Short, PA CPA (29 years)

  • Sunset Beach Town Council candidate John F. Corbett Jr. (incumbent)

    Name: John F. Corbett Jr.

    Office sought: Sunset Beach Town Council

    Party affiliation: None

    Age: 68

    Education: Bachelor of Science, U.S. Military Academy; Master of Arts in Asian studies, University of Hawaii; Master of Arts in international relations, University of Hawaii; U.S. Army War College

    Profession: Military; national security specialist focusing on China/Asia

    Political and public service experience: Sunset Beach Town Council, November 2016 to present; Army, 1968-2001 (retired colonel)

  • Sunset Beach Town Council candidate Jan Harris

    Name: Jan Harris

    Office sought: Sunset Beach Town Council

    Party Affiliation: None

    Age: No answer

    Education: Business degree

    Profession: Personnel, employment relations manager, 20 years; small business owner, eight years

    Political and public service experience: Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee, Sunset Beach Parking Committee, Granville County Civic group to provide Recycling services to the town of Butner for several years,

  • Sunset Beach Town Council candidate Duane Lewis

    Name: Duane Lewis

    Office sought: Sunset Beach Town Council

    Party affiliation: Unaffiliated

    Age: 78

    Education: Bachelor of Science in education (economics)

    Profession: Retired salesman (carpet, stockbroker, economic developer, real estate, builder)

    Political and public service experience: My experiences working with the state of North Carolina as an economic developer is the closest I have come to public service or political involvement other than being chairman of the Sunset Lakes POA for 11 years.