Local Election Results
Among the six candidates for New Hanover County School Board Stephanie Walker, Hugh McManus, and Stephanie Kraybill have all won seats. WHQR reports this flips the Board to Democratic control. Walker received the highest number of votes, followed by Kraybill and McManus. The seven-member board now has a make-up of 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans.
North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District has re-elected Republican Congressman David Rouzer for a fourth term. The former state Senator handily defeated his Democratic challenger. Rouzer’s shared views with the President include his skepticism over whether masks actually slow the spread of coronavirus – despite the CDC’s definitive statements that masks are protective – for the wearer and those nearby.
Ted Davis has represented House District 19 for four-and-a-half terms, and he’s a current member of the House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice. He will now represent the new House District 20. In House District 19, the district Davis is leaving to move to 20, Republican newcomer Charlie Miller bested Democratic candidate Marcia Morgan by more than sixteen points.
North Carolina’s House District 18 will keep its Democratic Incumbent. Representative Deb Butler embarks on a third term with a nearly 20-point margin. As the only Democratic legislative leader in the Cape Fear region, Deb Butler says she will advocate for a redistricting process that takes the map-drawing power away from politicians and puts it in the hands of an independent commission.
In 2018, Harper Peterson edged out Michael Lee by just 231 votes. Two years later, unofficial results show Lee ahead by a wider margin – more than 1400 votes or slightly more than a point. In neighboring Senate District 8, Republican Incumbent Bill Rabon kept his seat by more than 25 points. It’s the second time Democrat David Sink challenged the five-term incumbent. Rabon begins his sixth term.
While the jockeying for first, second, and third place went back and forth, it was the same three names at the top of the results for New Hanover County's Board of Commissioners race throughout the night. WHQR's Ben Schachtman recaps the results.