Democrat Kyle Horton running for 2020 New Hanover County commissioner seat [Free read]

Former Congressional candidate Dr. Kyle Horton announced this week she will run for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — Dr. Kyle Horton announced this week she will run for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

Three seats are up for election in 2020, two of the seats are uncontested as current commissioners Woody White and Patricia Kusek have both announced they will not seek reelection; Commissioner Jonathan Barfield has filed to run for reelection.

According to Horton, she aims to build “on her commitment to public service, which was laid out in her 2018 campaign to represent NC’s 7th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives.”

Horton said her filing was at least partially motivated by her commitment to retain local control of NHRMC, even as the Partnership Advisory Group is advancing closer to their RFP recommendations. Horton has previously spoken out against the process of exploring a sale as rushed, calling instead for a slower, more methodical process to educate and involve the public.


She brings to the 2020 cycle a unique combination of experience and expertise as an internal medicine doctor who earned a Master of Business Administration in a physician leadership development program. In this program, she was trained alongside MPH student physicians to understand the tremendous complexities of healthcare economics and policy. 

Horton said she would retain key issues from her Congressional campaign, including moves to “protect healthcare, clean our water, strengthen public education, defend our Veterans, and preserve our democracy.” Horton also said she was work on “reversing recent changes to the transparency of our county governance that she believes run counter to basic democratic norms and values.”

Horton has worked on advocacy issues in public health, veterans rights, and environmental policy.

According to Horton, she “graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and received the highest student affairs leadership award. She then earned both her MD and MBA degrees in a 5-year physician leadership development program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. As a physician, she has worked in both the private and public sectors having previously served in a post-deployment clinic for OEF/OIF Veterans with the Department of Veterans Affairs where she helped train the next generation of physicians to address the complexities of healthcare for our returning heroes.”

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