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CoastLine Candidate Interviews: NC House District 19

Katelyn Freund

North Carolina House District 19 encompasses the southern portion of New Hanover County.


Republican Representative Ted Davis, Junior has served that District for three-and-a-half terms; he is now seeking his fourth.  In 2012, he was appointed to finish out the term of Danny McComas, who stepped away to take the helm of the North Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors.  Davis went on to win the seat in that fall’s election.  He won a second term in 2014, and embarked upon his third term unopposed in 2016. 

This year, however, he faces challenges from Libertarian David Perry and Democratic Candidate Marcia Morgan.

Listen to Representative Ted Davis, Jr. here.

Democratic challenger Marcia Morgan worked as Director of Master’s Theses in the Physical Education Department at Smith College for two years.  She enlisted in the Army and fulfilled assignments in Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Pentagon.  After retiring as a Colonel, she returned as a contractor and says she continues to provide logistical support to soldiers. 

Listen to Marcia Morgan here.

Libertarian candidate David Perry grew up in New Hampshire.  After getting a Master of Education, he worked with students dealing with serious disabilities at the Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts.  He then shifted focus to software engineering and information technology.  He is now a Senior Software Engineer at the Corning plant in Wilmington. 

Listen to David Perry here.

Candidates for NC House District 19:

Representative Ted Davis Jr., Republican

Marcia Morgan, Democrat

David Perry, Libertarian 

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.