New Hanover Republicans get first look at primary candidates


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Submitted: Fri, 03/07/2014 - 5:16am
Updated: Fri, 03/07/2014 - 1:24pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a grand old party at the Northeast Library as Republicans studied up on their primary candidates.

The Republican Party is hoping to build off of its success in the 2012 elections in the New Hanover County School Board race with incumbents Ed Higgins, Janice Cavanaugh, and Don Hayes running against Jim Brumit and former county manager Bruce Shell for four vacancies on the Board of Education.

“I am very encouraged by the quality of the candidates,” said Sam Ibrahim. “I am hopeful that they will all win and continue the work that has been done so far.”

The race for two vacant seats on the County Commission is crowded with nine candidates in the running after Dave Conklin decided to withdraw his candidacy.

“They’ve been some difficult times over the last couple of years and I know citizens are looking forward to having five strong people to serve, five people who are focused only on the issues that are important to the county and now the peripheral issues that they’ve had to deal with,” said Carolyn Justice.

Jason Vaughn and Marc Benson will square off in an attempt to become the county’s next sheriff, and each says they would tackle the gang problem in our area from day one in office.

“Gangs and drugs are out of control,” said Jason Vaughn. “Where do we need to get that taken care of? We need to get back into the schools.”

“We’re going to aggressively go after the gang members,” said Marc Benson. “If we have to go sit in front of their house or whatever they may be the gang members need to know that we’re going to be there and we’re going to be checking up on them and they’re going to make sure that they’re not going to commit any more crimes.”

15 Comments

  • Guest2020 says:

    Have you really taken a good look at the Republican Party lately? They are about the Republican Party, not about freedom loving people. They aren’t willing to fight for us. They only fight to preserve the Republican establishment.

  • GuestMan. says:

    As long as there are idiots, there will be tea-baggers.

  • guesty says:

    The tea-baggers have to fight the liberal idiots.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    As long as there are freedom loving people willing to fight, there will be Republicans. As long as there are freeloaders sponging off the producers, there will be Democrats and Communists.

  • guestwhat says:

    A dying breed.

  • Vog46 says:

    I don’t know which board is worse – the County Commission or the Board of Education.
    The voters have always been inept depending upon your point of view.
    But I have also never seen such polarized politicians and voters.
    It seems to me that we deserve what we get……..
    I will however vote again as I always do.
    This gives me a license to complain….

    Vog

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Not that the Dems are much better, but the local GOP are so inept, they can barely get out of their own way. These are the losers who are responsible for some of our most notorious NHC commissioners as well as the group who couldn’t even find one candidate with enough cojones to run for mayor. Can anyone say “inept”, boys and girls?

    On a more serious note: It’s way past time for the voters around here to get up off of their fat lazy behinds, do some serious due diligence on all of the candidates, and put those same corpulent behinds into gear enough to, at the very least, get out and vote!

    The only thing even more inept than the local political parties around here are the voters.

  • Rusty says:

    I’d love to see proof of that.. but even were it so it would be a drop in the bucket compared to what Democrats have taken from the WORKING people to create slums, projects, and all the other failed “social” programs that breed strife, decay and the devaluation of human life in our society now. At least Republicans believe in a chance to work and become wealthy rather than just give everything away. (Bread and Circuses anyone?)

  • Guest4396 says:

    First and foremost, what is wrong with them is they are REPUBLICANS. Hopefully within the next while, they will cease to exist completely. All they want to do is take away from seniors and give to big corporations. All I can say for them is they tend to be more friendly toward gun ownership.

  • coastal says:

    wow, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were a parody of right wing bigotry, Claude. That was pretty extreme. As far as the Board of Education elections go, I hope to heck that the right wing candidates make no further gains, and are booted back out, for their re-establishment of what amounts to segregation in the county schools. This area has a long way to go.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    You mean the way Obummer has taken from Medicare and given to his donation buddies at Solyndra?

    When it comes to “taking” no one does it better than the Democraps on Welfare and foodstamps.

  • taxpayer II says:

    Guest4396, Your post is one of the most ignorant statements I’ve seen
    in quite some time. List the Republicans and the legislation that takes anything away from seniors. As far as big corporations, we need
    all of those companies that went overseas due to NAFTA to come back.
    Both parties should be on board with that. This country needs jobs,
    something our dear leader promised he would do. Being one of the worlds industrialized nations with one of the highest corporate tax rates, what does he do, he raises the corporate tax rate even more.
    Corporations give people jobs. What about that don’t you get?

  • Mean Medicare Cutting Democrats says:

    Obamacare gutted their Medicare by 716 billion dollars to expand Medicaid to 1/4 of the population by 2020. Now, the administration wants to cut the senior’s drug plan, Medicare Part D, to severely limit their ability to buy drugs.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/22/business/plan-to-alter-medicare-drug-coverage-draws-strong-opposition.html?hpw&rref=business

  • guestPopeArt says:

    That’s what we want! Old, white folks are the wave of the FUTURE, baby!

  • Claude Kadiddlehopper says:

    While there may be that perception about the GOP, here are the easily stereotyped reasons why:

    1. Any eligible candidates of color are probably in jail.
    2. They are illegals
    3. They are in the party that panders to minorities by telling them
    what they want to hear and giving them free stuff

    The GOP has no prohibitions about who joins their party, it’s more about ideology. And those white men probably don’t:

    1. Sell heroin for their income
    2. Stayed in school and got an education
    3. Have been largely successful in their careers or fields of endeavor

    Any person of any color can join the GOP. They choose not to for a variety of reasons, and the pool is likely smaller.

    Who are the Dems putting up for the positions? Give us the racial breakdown GuestPopeArt.

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