Thursday, February 29, 2024

2022 Primary Election Voter Guide: New Hanover County

The New Hanover County Commissioners will meet Monday at the Historic Courthouse Downtown Wilmington Port City Daily photo/COURTESY NHC)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Have you decided who you’re voting for in the primaries to possibly one day represent you? Early voting starts this Thursday, Apr. 28, and runs over the following two weeks. Primary Election Day is May 17.

Along with sample ballots, Port City Daily has compiled candidate questionnaires so voters can read up on office contenders’ stances before heading to the polls.

Voters will choose which candidates from their registered party they want to move forward in the formal election. Those who are registered as unaffiliated can choose which party’s primary they want to vote in.

Not registered to vote? Same-day registration is available throughout the early voting period. Check here to see if your registration is active at your current address.

See the full Republican Party Primary sample ballot here and the Democratic Party Primary sample ballot here.

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New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

Two seats are up for grabs. The terms of Julia Olson-Boseman and Rob Zapple, both Democrats, are expiring. Electees would join or rejoin Republicans Bill Rivenbark and Deb Hays and Democrat Jonathan Barfield. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

Democrat ballot

Julia Olson-Boseman (D)

Rob Zapple (D)

Travis Robinson (D)

Republican ballot

Joe Irrera (R)

Harry Knight (R)

LeAnn Pierce (R)

Tom Toby (R)

New Hanover County Board of Education

Democrats Stefanie Adams, Nelson Beaulieu and Judy Justice and Republican Pete Wildeboer are all reaching the end of their terms. Electees would join or rejoin Republican Stephanie Kraybill and Democrats Hugh McManus and Stephanie Walker. School board members serve four-year terms.

Democrat ballot

Nelson Beaulieu (D)

Judy Justice (D)

Dorian Cromartie (D)

Veronica McLaurin-Brown (D)

Jennah Bosch (D)

Republican ballot

Peter C. Wildeboer (R)

Melissa Mason (R)

Chris Sutton (R)

Josie Barnhart (R)

Pat Bradford (R)

School Board Town Hall

New Hanover County Sheriff

Democrat ballot

Ed McMahon (D)

Kelvin Hargrove (D)

Republican candidate

Voters with a Republican ballot will not vote for sheriff in the primary. There is only one candidate representing the Republican party.

Matt Rhodes (R)

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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