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CoastLine Candidate Interviews: NC House District 19 - Morgan V. Miller

North Carolina’s House District 19, redrawn for the 2020 elections, now includes a southern portion of Brunswick County – in addition to the southernmost part of New Hanover County.  It’s a district that has, for the last four-and-a-half terms, been served by Representative Ted Davis, Junior. 

Because of the redrawn maps, Davis is now running for re-election in House District 20. 

On this edition of CoastLine, our focus is District 19 which means neither of the two candidates are incumbents. 


Marcia Morgan (Democrat - New Hanover County):  A former educator and retired Army Colonel, Marcia was the youngest of four raised by a single mother.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Texas Wesleyan College and went on to Ohio State University for her Ph.D.

After graduation, she served on the Graduate Faculty at Smith College.  Two years later, she enlisted in the Army.  Her military service took her to Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Pentagon.  Following a short retirement, Marcia Morgan returned to the Army as a contractor providing logistical support to soldiers. 

In her first run at public office, she challenged Representative Ted Davis in 2018 and lost by less than two-and-a-half points.  

Charlie Miller (Republican - Brunswick County):  Charlie Miller is Chief Deputy in the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.  He has worked with the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years, and he lives in Southport, a small, riverside city in Brunswick County.   Charlie Miller is also a member of Brunswick County’s Board of Education – which means – if he were to win this election, he would have to resign his seat on the school board.   

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 2 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.