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Political

  • Butler elected Democratic Whip

    The N.C. House Democratic Caucus elected Rep. Deb Butler, D-Wilmington, as Whip on Jan. 10. The House Democratic Whip serves a key leadership role in communicating with caucus members on key votes and working to develop caucus strategy.

  • Rabon appointed to standing Senate committees

    Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, appointed Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, chairman of the Senate Pensions, Retirement and Aging and Rules and Operations of the  standing Senate committees for the 2019-20 biennium.

    Rabon also was appointed to serve as a member of the Finance, Appropriations/Base Budget, Appropriations on Department of Transportation, and Redistricting and Elections committees.

  • Benton elected, Miller re-elected to school board

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has a new District 5 representative.

    After defeating incumbent John Thompson in May 8’s primary, Republican Gerald “Jerry” Benton defeated Democrat Joanne Levitan, receiving 34,819 votes to her 22,732 votes with 26 of 26 precincts reporting Tuesday night.

    Benton, a retired and disabled veteran living in Leland, said the first issue Brunswick County Schools are facing is the need for trade schools. He said the district also needs to improve proficiency among graduates.

  • Rabon appointed co-chairman of storm-related river debris committee

    Senate Leader Phil Berger and state House Speaker Tim Moore announced Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport will serve as co-chairman, with Rep. Brenden Jones of Tabor City, of the newly created Joint Select Committee on Storm-Related River Debris/Damage in North Carolina.

  • Democratic candidates forum Nov. 1

    The Brunswick County Democratic Party will host a Democratic candidates forum Thursday, Nov. 1, at St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in Southport. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the forum is from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

    Candidates for local and state offices will discuss and answer questions about issues facing the community.

    For more information, go to brunswickdem.org.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate Joanne Levitan

    Name: Joanne Levitan

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Age: 61

    Town of residence: Leland

    Education: Bachelor of Arts in economics from Goucher College; Master of Business Administration in information systems from NYU Stern School of Business

    Profession: Retired quality assurance engineer

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate Gerald “Jerry” Benton

    Name: Gerald “Jerry” Benton

     

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 38

     

    Town of residence: Leland

     

    Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UNCW

     

    Profession: Retired; disabled veteran

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 3 candidate Charles W. Miller

    Name: Charles W. Miller

     

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 3

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 52

     

    Town of residence: Southport

     

    Education: South Brunswick High School, 1984; Cape Fear Community College, 1987

    Profession: Brunswick County chief deputy sheriff

     

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 3 candidate William Flythe

    Name: William Flythe

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 3

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Age: 73

    Town of residence: Southport

    Education: Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University and Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Howard University

    Profession: Retired after 20 years spent in industry as a chemist and senior laboratory supervisor and 15 years spent in the classroom teaching chemistry, physical science and/or physics at the high school and college levels.

  • Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2 candidate Marilyn Priddy

    Name: Marilyn Priddy

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2

    Party affiliation: Unaffiliated on ballot because of petition process; registered Democrat

    Age: 66

    Town of residence: Shallotte

    Education: Bachelor of Science in biology, Honors Program, Ball State University

    Profession: Science teacher; industrial hygienist; environmental health and safety consultant; quality coordinator