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Brunswick County Board of Education member passes away

David Robinson, who served on the school board since 2020, was running for re-election in 2024 but has passed away according to the Brunswick County Schools district. (Courtesy photo)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A public official who served on the county’s board of education has passed away, according to the district.

Brunswick County Schools announced Monday evening the death of David Robinson. Robinson was elected to the board in 2020 and was seeking re-election ahead of the March 5 primary election.

Robinson told PCD in his candidate questionnaire, published Feb. 7 ahead of early voting, he wanted to “shape the future for the next generation of Brunswick kids, just like teachers and mentors” helped do for him. Robinson was a native of Brunswick County, a small business owner and community advocate.

“Our students are our future firefighters, HVAC technicians, engineers and doctors,” the Republican wrote to PCD earlier this month. “I believe every child here has the potential to achieve their wildest dreams, if we give them the education and support they need.”

Robinson was facing off against Catherine Cooke and Rick Hessman to retain his seat in district 2.

In a statement Monday, board of education Chairman Steven Barger praised Robinson for leading “with wisdom and a passion for our students and beloved community.”

As well, superintendent Dale Cole called Robinson a “true champion of Brunswick County.”

“His devotion to our school district will have a positive impact on the lives of our students for years to come,” Cole wrote in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

No details were given regarding the cause of Robinson’s death.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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