Candidates

 

Board of Education 2018

Stefanie Adams

Stefanie is a passionate education advocate who believes everything is possible through collaboration. She has worked in, and around public schools for over fifteen years in different capacities. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and a M.Ed. in Multicultural Education from Eastern University. Over the course of her career, she has provided direct support and service to students, educators, and administrators at schools in Philadelphia, Miami, and five counties in North Carolina (Cumberland, Duplin, Guilford, Hertford, and Northampton).  Stefanie’s core belief is that all students deserve access to a quality education, and she will listen, collaborate and advocate for all children in New Hanover County to assure that right.  

Relocating from Pennsylvania in 2007, Stefanie and her husband Scott have called Wilmington “home” since 2008, and they look forward to their son, Brayden, entering kindergarten this fall to begin his educational journey in the NHC public school system.

Stefanie loves to stay busy and involved in New Hanover County, personally and professionally. She is a recent graduate of WILMA's 2016-2017 Women to Watch Leadership Institute and has been selected to serve on the Board of Communities in Schools of Cape Fear for 2017-2018.

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Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

 

Elena is an educator, North Carolinian, and advocate of the great tradition of free quality public education. She has worked as an educator in many settings, from inside the walls of museum to inside the walls of adult education centers. She is currently a preschool teacher at Peace Rose Montessori, and has the great joy of participating in the growth and development of her students every day. 
 
Originally from Durham, Elena attended the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, where she received her BFA in Photography. While in Baltimore during and after college Elena found many paths to teaching- working with AmeriCorps to teach adult education and preschool, working with the Department of Juvenile Services to teach photography to teenagers, working with Baltimore Public Schools as a Museum Educator to bring grant-funded programs to schools. Elena has always been driven to become wholly involved in her community, participating and serving wherever she could. Her commitment to education has shaped her career and her person. 
 
In 2012 she relocated to Wilmington with her husband, Dan, and joined Peace Rose, where she received her Montessori certification from the North American Montessori Center. She and Dan welcomed their son, Everett, in 2016. 
 
Elena believes, whole heartedly, that every child deserves the best possible education and every opportunity to succeed. She is ready and willing to advocate for New Hanover County’s students, parents, and teachers as a part of the New Hanover County Board of Education. 
 
 
 
 

Judy Justice

Judy Justice is an education professional fighting for all children in New Hanover County because they deserve a quality education and the resources needed to support this goal.

She grew up in Swansboro, just north of Wilmington and earned a BA degree with a double major in history and communications along with a MA in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her family lived in Wilmington for eighteen years and she taught social studies at Laney High School for eight years . Judy's  two oldest children went through the entire New Hanover County School system, from kindergarten to graduation. Seventeen years ago she had to leave the area so a family member could receive long term medical treatment in the Raleigh area and ended up not returning to Wilmington until last year after retiring from North Carolina public schools. 

While living in other parts of the state Judy continued her career as an educator in a variety of settings, both rural and urban, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator. She still runs an after school program part-time in Pender County for at-risk rural students and is a single Mom with a 19 year old son at home who attends Cape Fear Community College. Judy's main lifelong professional focus has been on making life better for all children, no matter what their life circumstances.

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County Commission 2018

Nelson Beaulieu

Nelson Beaulieu is a proud husband, father, and Afghanistan War Veteran serving his community in New Hanover County. He and his wife, Amanda, are the proud parents of two young girls, Meadow, 9, and Autumn, 8.

Nelson enlisted in the Army upon graduation from Portland High School in Portland Connecticut, out of a strong desire to serve and protect his country and his family. He served 6 and 1/2 years in the Army as a military police officer, deployed at Rhine Ordinance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He served his country in Afghanistan from 2006-2007. He received an Honorable Discharge and moved to New Hanover County with his wife and daughters in 2008.

Nelson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in History from American Military University in 2011. Two years later, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Political Science, also from American Military University. For the past five years, he has taught History and Political Science at Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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Rob Zapple

Rob and his wife Michele have lived, worked and made a positive contribution in New Hanover County for the past 17 years as community members and small business owners. Rob is a licensed General Contractor, residential and commercial builder, and owner of Rob Zapple Design and Build Inc., and Michele is co-owner of Carolina Gymnastics Academy. They have three children, all of whom attended New Hanover County public schools and have graduated from North Carolina Universities. Rob is an advocate for the public process and is active with several non-profit organizations that serve Wilmington and New Hanover County in his efforts to help our community grow and prosper.

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New Hanover County Sheriff


Ed McMahon

Sheriff Ed McMahon began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Vermont State Police, where he rose to the rank of Senior Trooper.  In 1991, he and his family returned to Wilmington, where he joined the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Ed has worked in both the Patrol Division and the Detective Division, as a Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Division Commander.  In 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and assigned to head the Judicial Services Division.

In 2007 Ed was promoted to Chief Deputy, serving in that position until 2009, when Sheriff Sid Causey retired and he was appointed to Sheriff.  Ed was elected by the people of New Hanover County to serve as their Sheriff in 2010 and again in 2014.  In 2013, Sheriff Ed was appointed to the Seventh Congressional District Homeland Security Task Force and graduated Chief Executive Leadership Training at the Southern Police Institute.

Sheriff Ed married his college sweetheart, Teena, in 1982, and they have two married children, Shaun and his wife Sara, and Taryn and husband Josh.  They are the proud grandparents of Braylee, Camdyn, Tenley, Sadie, Kylan, and Kenzie, whom they adore.

Sheriff Ed says, “What an honor and a privilege it is to serve and protect the citizens of this great county.  I give God the glory for His blessings on my life.  I want to be a humble and available leader, serving with Professionalism, Responsibility, and Accountability.  I would ask that each citizen joins with me in praying for God’s wisdom each day, as I make decisions that affect each and every life that I serve.”

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NC House 18


Deb Butler

Deb received her BA from the University of Tennessee and then her J.D. from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.  She began her practice as a young lawyer in New York City where she travelled all five boroughs and represented a wide array of clients.  Deb said about those days,

"New York City is a tough training ground, especially with a southern accent like mine!  But, it gave me experience like no other and it has served me well ever since."

Coming back home to N.C. in 1992, and settling in Wilmington's downtown, Deb began her legal career representing clients in a storefront at the foot Market Street.  

"I never knew who might walk in that front door.  It could be a person with a Department of Social Services issue, a budding entrepreneur with a new idea for a business venture, or someone with a Landlord problem.  It was never dull, I can tell you that."

Deb also did a lot of renovation to downtown properties restoring them to their former glory. 

"There is something rewarding about getting your hands dirty and working hard to turn a derelict property into an attractive and productive property once more.  To make it a nice home for someone while bringing up the neighborhood and improving your community.  I have always enjoyed that whole "sweat equity" approach to life."

Deb has served on many boards and commissions including the Board of Directors of the New Hanover Commission for Women, The Historic Wilmington Commission, The Cape Fear Green Building Alliance, The Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, and Equality NC.

Deb is married to her spouse, Anni and they live in an historic home in downtown Wilmington. They enjoy walking on the riverfront, dining with friends, boating on their 30 year old skiff, and walking on the beach with their pups, Molly and Paytie.

Deb currently serves as the NC State Representative for House District 18.

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NC House 19

Marcia Morgan

Marcia has a demonstrated lifetime of caring for others, both in education and in
service to this country. As the youngest of four children growing up in Texas, she
was part of a family that learned the challenges of inequality early on when her
father passed away when she was two. However, she was raised with the belief that
the foundations for success were strong faith, hard work and a good education.

As an educator, she taught at all economic and academic levels, from the first days of
Head Start in Texas to being on the Graduate Faculty at Smith College in
Massachusetts and even teaching ROTC at the University of California, Berkeley.
While in the Army, she was stationed in Korea, Germany and the Netherlands, where
she worked closely with the local nationals who were part of her commands. She
also had two tours in the Pentagon that gave her the opportunity to participate
firsthand in how high level decisions are made.

Upon retiring as a Colonel from the Army after 25 years of service, she chose the
Cape Fear area as her future home in 2000 and was finally able to move here full
time in 2012. Since then, she has been active in church and community affairs and
enjoying the delights of living in this beautiful region. With the events leading up to
and following the 2016 election, she felt it was time to step up once again to fight to
make a difference for the people around her.

Marcia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Texas Wesleyan
University as well as a Master of Science and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
She is an active member of the Harbour Point community in Carolina Beach.

 

NC Senate 9

Harper Peterson

Harper Peterson grew up on a farm, sharing a two-bedroom house with his parents, five brothers and sisters, and his grandparents. His grandmother reminded them to count their blessings each and every day, and to always help others less fortunate – values that Harper has carried throughout his life. 

Harper attended Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece – UNC’s oldest and highest honorary society – and received All-American honors in lacrosse. Thereafter, he volunteered as an English teacher with the Presbyterian Church in Thailand and worked as Director of Youth Activities for Chapel Hill before moving to New Hanover County in the 1970s.

For the past 45 years, Harper has lived and worked on the coast. For the past four decades, Harper and his wife, Plunkett, have raised five children and have been successful partners in starting local businesses.

Harper served on the Wilmington City Council and as Wilmington’s mayor in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Harper served and serves on numerous community boards, including Girls Inc., Dram Tree Shakespeare, Bald Head Island Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Alliance, along with serving as a founding member of both Cape Fear River Watch and Clean Cape Fear.

Now, Harper is ready again to serve the community that has meant so much. As State Senator, he will work to ensure North Carolina’s education system prepares our state’s children to succeed in the modern economy, while working with business and civic leaders to create an economy that rewards an honest day’s work. He will fight to rein in our out-of-control political system through the creation of an independent redistricting commission that will remind politicians that the voters of our state are in charge. And because nothing matters if we don’t have safe, clean water, Harper will protect our families by working to ensure dangerous polluters are held accountable.

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US House 2018

 

 Dr. Kyle Horton

Dr. Kyle Horton is an internal medicine physician with years of experience working in public policy. Dr. Kyle comes from a family that has always worked hard and served our country. Her great grandparents were farmers in eastern Appalachian Kentucky. Both of her grandfathers fought in World War II, while her uncle fought in the Vietnam War and her Dad served at the Pentagon during Vietnam. From blue-collar roots, both of her parents retired from careers as factory workers with General Motors.

Dr. Kyle keeps her family tradition of striving, serving, and succeeding. She's a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She graduated medical school and earned her Master of Business Administration as part of a rigorous 5-year dual-degree physician leadership development program. Her physician peers selected her as the Outstanding Senior Resident at the end of her training. She came back home to southeast North Carolina in 2012, which is where her parents also live and retired.

Dr. Kyle remembers the promise our country made to the people who defend it. She has served veterans as a physician in the Department of Veterans Affairs. After witnessing delays in care, she’s worked for years educating, raising awareness, and crafting federal policy to address the public health crisis of veteran suicide. One of her proudest moments was celebrating the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act in the U.S. Senate gallery alongside Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Having graduated high school in Flint, MI, she recognizes the importance of having clean, safe, and healthy environments. She has represented concerned North Carolinians protecting the region’s farmland, waterways, and beaches from big polluters. She's led meetings with the White House administration in relation to her opposition to offshore drilling. 

Dr. Kyle honors her roots by fighting for working families and veterans. She has the qualifications, experience, and respect for our American values and way of life to make Eastern North Carolinians proud of their Congresswoman. She knows firsthand the challenges the hardworking families of the 7th district face finding decent, affordable healthcare and well-paying jobs. She will hold these struggles in her heart as she fights to restore caring, responsive leadership in Congress.

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