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Archive for February, 2012

Oak Island council takes steps to fill hole in budget

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Water fund tapped, more spending cut

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FIRST ON 3: McComas asked Davis if he would run

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State Rep. Danny McComas will not run for another term in the North Carolina House. New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis, though, will. Davis, a Republican, filed for the 19th District seat this morning.

Davis has been a New Hanover County Commissioner since 1996. His current four-year term expires this year.

“Danny and I have known each other for a long time,” Davis said. “We’re close friends. He’s been my mentor an political ally. He came to me and said he was agonizing over whether to run. He asked if he did not do it would I consider.”

Davis said he was considering running for a fifth term on the County Commission, but when McComas made his decision not to run, Davis quickly decided to try and fill the seat.

“There just comes a time,” McComas told WWAY about his decision not to run.

Earlier in the day McComas, who first won election to the House in 1994, sent out a news release saying it has been an honor to serve.

“After many sleepless nights in prayer, thought and deliberation, I have concluded that the time has come for me not to file for re-election. This has not been an easy decision,” McComas said. “I have enjoyed working for the people of New Hanover County and I am proud of what our leadership team accomplished this past year in restoring sound fiscal management to our state’s budgetary process. However, as the year has progressed, it has become more obvious that the pressure of public service coupled with the demands of a challenging economy has placed an undue burden on my family, my business and I.”

There had been questions whether Davis would run again because of health issues. He had heart surgery December 26, 2010.

“It is something that honestly I have to take into consideration, because I am still recovering. It takes a while,” Davis said. “But I have progressed so much… I don’t think it’s gonna be an issue.”

Davis says he’s been working hard to keep his stress down, eat right and exercise.

“As long as I keep control over it rather than it keeping control me, I don’t foresee it being a problem,” Davis said.

Filing for political offices in North Carolina ends at noon tomorrow.

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FIRST ON 3: Kure Beach Mayor Lambeth will run against Davis

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth just confirmed with us that he too will run as a Democrat against New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis for State Rep. Danny McComas’s 19th District seat.

Lambeth’s term as mayor ends in 2013.

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90-year-old former university doctor running for governor

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A 90-year-old Harnett County man says he’s running North Carolina governor on a platform of creating a state foundation that would allow North Carolina government to reduce or possibly eliminate taxes over time.

Physician Bruce Blackmon filed Tuesday at the State Board of Elections to become a candidate in the Democratic primary. Another Harnett County resident – former US Rep. Bob Etheridge – plans to file his candidate papers Wednesday morning, a few hours before the deadline.

Blackmon is the former director of health services for what is now Campbell University in Buies Creek. His platform is based on setting aside money over time to build up the state foundation.

Blackmon and Etheridge will bring to at least a dozen the number of gubernatorial candidates this year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Etheridge to file for governor on last day

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge will officially become a candidate for North Carolina governor with a few hours to spare before the filing period ends.

An Etheridge spokesman said Tuesday that the Harnett County Democrat will turn in his candidate paperwork early Wednesday. The deadline is noon Wednesday.

Four other people already have filed for the May primary, which opened up wide when incumbent Beverly Perdue announced last month she would not run again. Leading Democratic candidates who’ve already filed are Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison.

Etheridge has been a relatively quiet campaigner since he announced Feb. 2 that he was getting into the race.

Five Republicans and one Libertarian also are in the race. The leading Republican is former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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