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.





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.





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.




County Commission 2018



Julia Boseman

Julia Boseman was born and raised in New Hanover County and graduated from University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BS in Finance before obtaining her law degree from North Carolina Central University. She spent her youth on the rivers and beaches of New Hanover County and carries with her a sense of place and devotion to the land and people of her home county.

Julia was elected to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2000 and the NC State Senate in 2004. In her first Senate term (2005–06), Julia Boseman was ranked the 20th most effective senator by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, giving her the highest ranking ever for a first-term female senator and the second highest ever for a freshman. Julia served three terms in the NC Senate, deciding not to seek reelection in 2010.

Julia is excited to bring her experience and dedication to be a voice for the residents of New Hanover County and is committed to address and support harm-reduction efforts for residents in opioid and other active addictions, secure environmental protections of our natural resources, and promote quality of life for New Hanover County residents through accountability and transparency in planning and infrastructure decisions.

Julia lives in New Hanover County with her wife, Angie Olsen-Bosemen, and their two sons, who are both students New Hanover County public schools. When not busy with school activities, they enjoy spending family time on the water.  


James Middleton 

James Middleton grew up in a rural town of just under 2,000 residents. The son of two public educators, James, like so many Americans, relied on the public education system himself to be the support that allowed him to reach for personal success.

After graduating from public colleges with two associate degrees and a Bachelor of Arts in History, James shared with his peers the financial struggles of coming into the workforce in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. After years spent piecing together part time jobs, James was able to put himself through Cape Fear Community College’s Sustainability Tech Program. Today, as a result, he enjoys a career as a green building technician, and also serves on CFCC’s Sustainability Tech Advisory Board. Outside of work, James stays active in the county by appearing in numerous theatrical productions, supporting local art galleries and non-profits, attending the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington, and volunteering as a community organizer. He has continuously worked to hold elected officials accountable to their constituents.

James felt called to run for office because he believes he has something to offer New Hanover County. He knows the problems that middle and working class families face when trying to find a home or find good-paying work. He knows how scary it is to wonder if his family’s drinking water is safe. And he knows that community-wide problems need community-wise solutions. James doesn’t just want to work for the people of New Hanover County. He wants to work alongside them. He believes that together, we can make a difference.

In 2016, James married his high school crush Blair, and today he and his wife live in Wilmington with their two cats.







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.




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.”


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.



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 House 20


John Bauer

John Bauer brings an achievement studded public service career to offer voters.  His more than thirty years of managing local government programs and projects will provide a smart foundation to legislate for progressive improvements in the North Carolina General Assembly.

After digging clams on the Great South Bay, Long Island, New York to pay for his University of Notre Dame BA in Government, and Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University, he worked in Raleigh for a year, and then Little Rock, Arkansas for two years, cutting his teeth on city government, before returning to North Carolina and Wilmington in 1979.  

Always interested in the tangible public goods which government provides to its citizens, as Director of Public Utilities for the City for seven years, John oversaw sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects, water plant upgrades, and similar projects where fees were used to pay for improvements in the delivery of essential services.  

John wasn’t satisfied managing one very challenging department.  Instead, in 1993, he sought and was chosen to serve as Pender County’s Manager during a very turbulent time in its history. In 1999, he sought and was chosen to serve as Lenoir County’s Manager because it had a different set of local government hurdles to overcome.  Most recently, John served as Interim City Manager in Southport for three months during 2017.  

One common thread wherever John has served—he has left the jurisdiction in better shape than whatever was its original condition.   Toward this end, he will introduce legislation: 1.) to create a public bank; 2.) repeal the labor sales tax; and 3.) provide housing for 1100 homeless NC veterans.

Being now self-employed, John has contracts with N-Focus Planning, Inc. and Elevate USA which provide interim work as a city manager, or an instructor. When the legislature is in session, District 20 will have his only attention.

John thanks his wife of forty-five years and three grown children for the sacrifices they experienced over the years for all the relocations and changes. John thanks his mom and dad for raising him with good values. Last, and most important, John thanks God for giving him good health, wisdom, and placing him where He wants him to serve.



Leslie Cohen

Leslie Cohen was raised by her single mother after her father was killed in a car accident when she was eleven. She learned from an early age to be self-reliant and to navigate life in unconventional ways. She left high school after the tenth grade to accept  early enrollment at Emory University. Deciding that she preferred a larger university setting, she transferred first to University of Georgia at Athens and two years later to Georgia State University in Atlanta. Leslie left college after four years to start a printing business with her future husband, Jeff.

That first business was very challenging, but Leslie didn’t let early adversity stop her from embarking on a second venture with her husband, this time a successful commercial graphics firm. The couple designed collateral advertising for Fortune 500 companies for twelve years before transitioning their business to fine art in 2002. Leslie’s paintings are in collections across the globe.

While running a successful business and raising a family Leslie still found time to volunteer in her community and to work on issues she cared for. It was important for her to teach her children that each of us has a responsibility to help those around them and to stand up for their beliefs.

In 2013, after her two children each moved from the family’s suburban Atlanta home, Leslie moved to Wilmington with her husband of 32 years, Jeff. The family has long ties to the area as Jeff’s grandfather built a summer home in Carolina Beach in 1933. That cottage is still the family summer gathering place.

Leslie became involved in local issues here when the passage of HB2 threatened the rights of their adult children. Her activism quickly spread into other issues as she became aware of thethe struggles of others in her community.

Leslie will bring her bold entrepreneurial spirit, her creative problem solving, her passion for justice and equality, and her compassion for others to the North Carolina General Assembly in order to fight to make the lives of North Carolinians better.




Gary Shipman

Gary Shipman has spent his entire career fighting for civil liberties and the rights of others. In his legal practice, he’s have represented clients from every class, race, and sexual identity. Now, he’s running to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s House District 20.

Raised in Raleigh, NC, Gary Shipman came to Wilmington to study at UNCW before attending Campbell University School of Law. At the age of 23, Governor Jim Hunt awarded him the state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, for his work in the community at the law school.

Upon graduating in 1980, Gary charged into practice at a Wilmington firm at the age of 24. Two years later, he founded his own firm, Shipman & Wright, LLP.

Gary has taken on the powerful special interests that comprise corporate America, and fought against corporate greed in favor of consumer protection. He’s fought environmental polluters, resisting their efforts to increase the discharge of pollutants into our rivers and streams. In the 1990’s, he successfully represented those opposing forced annexation by the City of Wilmington, and he has served many victims of employment discrimination by reason of their sexual orientation, race, and gender. He’s received the New Hanover County Bar Association’s Addison Hewlett Award for exemplary pro bono services, which included successfully defending two outspoken critics of Titan America’s efforts to reopen a cement plant.

Passionate about education, Gary is a frequent speaker and lecturer in continuing legal education seminars and at his alma maters, and he serves on the Board of Visitors for the Campbell University School of Law. He has also been the principal sponsor for the Wilmington regional competition of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) High School Mock Trial Program.

Outside of the courtroom, Gary has served as chairman of the New Hanover County Democratic Party (2000-2004) and as a member of the UNCW Board of Trustees (2009-2013). Gary also spent twenty years channeling his passion for sports as a youth baseball coach. In 2013, that same passion led him to develop a full service sports agency, Atlantic Sports Management. He is certified as a contract advisor and agent by the NFL and NBA, and his sports clients include coaches and athletes.

Gary Shipman lives in Wilmington with his wife Mary Jo and their three sons, Brandon, Khale, and Bryce, grandson, Porter, and their pets, Roxie, Miles, and Bo.





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.



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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