Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Eight candidates, four spots open on the NHCS Board of Education

With the board's chairman already unseated, at least one newcomer is guaranteed a spot on the majority veteran and all-Republican school board.

Four spots are up for grabs on the New Hanover County School Board of Education. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Four spots are up for grabs on the New Hanover County School Board of Education. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — With four seats open on the all-Republican New Hanover County Board of Education, this election year could bring major changes to the majority-veteran board.

Between Hurricane Florence spending and pending school redistricting decisions, this year’s elected members will be tasked with major issues.

RELATED: Newcomer Bill Rivenbark takes top spot in school board election, Chairman Edward Higgins Jr. finishes fifth

The school board’s current chairman, Ed Higgins, was unseated in this year’s primary after serving the board for 24 years. Janice Cavenaugh, a board veteran with 35 years under her belt, is vying for re-election. Cavenaugh secured the last spot on the ballot in May while two other veteran board members — Don Hayes and Bruce Shell — earned the third and second-most votes.

Notably, a newcomer, Bill Rivenbark, beat out four sitting board members and two newcomers, earning the most votes in the primary. Rivenbark is a registered Republican and is the brother of current Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark.

Since there was no Democratic primary election, newcomers Stefanie Adams, Nelson Beaulieu, Elena Rosemond-Hoerr and Judy Justice will appear on ballots for the first time next month.

To make things simple, Port City Daily has arranged an election matrix for readers to navigate. If you’re using mobile, use two fingers to scroll through to the candidate’s responses.

CANDIDATE ELECTION MATRIX – REPUBLICANS

Janice

Cavenaugh

Don

Hayes

Bill Rivenbark Bruce Shell
Biggest issue issue issue issue issue
Budget budget budget budget budget
Michael Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly
Student body student body student body student body student body
Redistricting districts districts districts districts
Veteran board veteran veteran veteran veteran
Overcrowding crowding crowding crowding crowding
Charter schools charters charters charters charters
RiverLights new  school new school new school new school

 

CANDIDATE ELECTION MATRIX – DEMOCRATS

Stefanie Adams Nelson Beaulieu Elena Rosemond-

Hoerr

Judy Justice
Biggest issue issue issue issue issue
Budget budget budget budget budget
Michael Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly
Student body student body student body student body student body
Redistricting districts districts districts districts
Veteran board veteran veteran veteran veteran
Overcrowding crowding crowding crowding crowding
Charter schools charters charters charters charters
RiverLights new school new school new school new school

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