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The Nov. 8 general election is fast approaching, and the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association’s Candidate’s Night is at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday) in the Ocracoke Community Center.
During it, local candidates will share their views for the upcoming election. The forum was originally scheduled for Oct. 12, but it was postponed due to the evacuation for Hurricane Matthew. While a few state candidates had agreed to attend on the original date, because of the rescheduled date, they will not be able to attend.
Two candidates are vying for the Lake Landing commissioner seat.
Incumbent Earl D. Pugh, Jr., a Republican and retired farmer, currently serves as the board’s chair. His opponent is Democrat Thomas Midgette of Engelhard.
A retired educator after 30 years in the public schools, he was most recently the Mattamuskeet Elementary School principal for the 2014 to 15 school year.
Benjamin Simmons III, a long-time resident of Hyde County, is the incumbent commissioner for Fairfield Township. He is unopposed.
After winning the March primary for the Ocracoke commissioner seat, Democrat Tom Pahl is unopposed to represent the island, and, barring a last-minute write-in campaign, will become the county’s newest commissioner.
Pahl has lived on Ocracoke for the last 12 years and owns Landmark Building and Design, a construction and historic restoration business.
The Ocracoke Sanitary District was created by authority of the North Carolina Commission for Public Health. District Supervisors are responsible for providing safe drinking water to the village. Water is pumped from a 620-foot aquifer beneath the island and treated for distribution to the district’s customers.
Two positions are on the ballot with two candidates, Regina Boor and Scott Bradley.
On Ocracoke, early voting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3 in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, 822 Irvin Garrish Highway.
This is the same location for the general election from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Below is the ballot for this election.
Articles we posted on the 2016 elections can be found here. We will be posting more articles up to the election and beyond.