2017 City Council

Rev. Clifford Barnett

Clifford D. Barnett, Sr. currently serves as the pastor of the Warner Temple AME Zion Church in Wilmington, NC.  He is an active community organizer and team builder with a passion for connecting people in need with resources.  Since arriving in Wilmington in 2009, he has become very active in the community. He serves as the Chairman of the Southeastern Dropout Prevention Coalition at UNC-Wilmington, a member of the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free - Tomorrow Committee, and was selected as a member of the D. C. Virgo Prep Academy Board of Advisors, where he also serves as a mentor to five boys weekly.

Additionally, he serves as vice-president of the New Hanover County Smart Start Board of Directors, has spearheaded the Annual First 2000 Days Summit held every Presidents’ Day for four years, and has hosted Leadercast, the largest one-day leadership event in the world broadcasted from Atlanta. for six years. He is also the founder of Bridges to Success, a program designed to offer assistance to students and their families who have been suspended from a middle or high school in New Hanover County.

Clifford D. Barnett, Sr. is a native of Rockville MD. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC and attended Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC for his Masters of Divinity Degree.  In 1998, he graduated from Eastern Baptist (currently Palmer) Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA earning a Doctorate of Ministry Degree.  His doctoral focus was “The Renewal of the Church for Mission.”




Hollis Briggs

Hollis is a lifelong Wilmingtonian, and lives in the city’s Bottom Neighborhood, where his family has owned property since 1963. He attended public school here in Wilmington, and graduated from John T. Hoggard High School. For decades, Hollis has been committed to the betterment of his home city. His roots in public service and local politics run deep--Hollis’s father was the first African-American to run for Wilmington Town Constable in 1966.

When Hollis left Wilmington for work and to raise a family, he knew that he would return to the city and continue to work to make Wilmington better. Since 1999 Hollis has served as the director of the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. committee, and still organizes Wilmington’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Hollis was also appointed to the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission by Governor Mike Easley, and served from 2006 to 2013.

In 2014, Hollis served on the Transportation Bond advisory committee, working to direct funding towards the city’s most essential transportation needs. In 2016 he was an advisor to the city, working to help pass the Parks and Recreation Bond to improve Wilmington’s parks and natural areas.

Hollis has helped to elect many local and statewide Democratic candidates, most recently working to elect Justice Michael Morgan to the NC Supreme Court. In past years, he worked on the campaigns of former Senator Julia Boseman, and Representative Susi Hamilton, and is an active member of his precinct, W-29.

In addition to his involvement in local politics, Hollis volunteers his time at Saint Phillip AME Church, where he has been a member of the congregation for his entire life. On Sundays, Hollis takes his mother, Ms. Thelma S. Briggs, to the 10 o’clock service at Saint Phillip.  



Kevin O'Grady

Kevin O'Grady is completing his second  four-year term on the Wilmington City Council.  During his tenure in office, he focused on numerous advances in the City including: establishing density limits for bars downtown, development of the Transportation Bond, and two successive Capital Improvement Plans.  He has been an advocate for neighborhood concerns to ensure these concerns were treated equally with those of growth and development.  He also serves on the Boards of WAVE and CFPUA, and Chaired the City Attorney Search  Committee in 2017.

Kevin began his service on the Council by advancing three visions.  

  • A balanced City Council that is open, accessible, and conscientious.

  • Neighborhoods, historic heritage, and natural resources treated equally with growth and new development.

  • A safe and prosperous city with a sound infrastructure and fiscal strength

Kevin's work on Council has been focused on fulfilling these high level goals to foster well balanced decision making for the benefit of our citizens.  They remain pertinent today.

Prior to his service on the Council, he was active in many Wilmington community organizations as an Officer or Board Member, including the Historic Wilmington Foundation and Residents of Old Wilmington.  Over the past thirteen years, he established, and volunteered as the Coordinator of, the AARP Tax-Aide Program at the New Hanover County Library, assisting thousands of area residents.

Kevin retired to Wilmington from Florida where he was a commercial litigator for 21 years. His earlier work was as a consultant, a government auditor, a soldier and a Peace Corps volunteer.

In addition to his J.D. From The George Washington University, he holds an MPA from Cornell University and a BA from Marist College.  Married to Diane for 38 years, they have three children and seven grandchildren.




 Rev. James Ray

Retired Electronic Technician - United States of Personnel Management (OPM) 
November 2008 - Present 
Ordained Evangelist June 1984 - Present 
Associate Minister - Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church 2011 - Present
Electronic Technician 
United States Postal Service
1984 - 2008 Last Office, Fayetteville Processing and Distribution Center Fayetteville, North Carolina 
 United States Postal Training Institute,
Norman, Oklahoma 
Bachelor Degree Equivalent, Electronic Technology, Maintenance and Repair
1986 -2006 Electronic Technician Promotion in1984
United States Postal Service Training & Development Institute, Air Mail Center JFK Airport Queens, New York 
Associate Degree Equivalent, Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, "A" Average 
1979 - 1984 
Activities and Societies: Numerous Courses with Certificates - Mail Processing Equipment Mechanic Promotion in 1980
Glorified Deliverance Evangelistic Center Inc.  Bible and Evangelistic Training 
Queens,NY & Virginia Beach, VA 
Affiliated with Deliverance Evangelistic Centers Inc. Brooklyn,NY
Ordained Evangelist 1984 &1986 - Present
Charlie Rivenbark

Born in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 18, 1948, I grew up in the Winter Park area and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1967. After graduation I moved to Washington, DC and worked for the United States Post Office until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969. I served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade as a combat infantryman rising to the rank of sergeant.
Upon returning stateside, I attended UNCW for two years and began my business life in sales. I started two small businesses and eventually entered the commercial real estate field. In 1989, I opened a small restaurant on South College Road and sold it in 2001 and re-entered the commercial real estate business with Maus Warwick Matthews Company and remain there today. In 1993, I ran successfully for a seat on the City council and served two terms until 2001.
In 2001, I was selected as an officer in the North Carolina Azalea Festival and was its president in 2007. In 2009 I was elected to a third term on the city council and again in 2013. I have two sons, Chad who is 44 and Travis, 39. I have an 11- year-old grandson, Greyson and a 4-month-old granddaughter Molly Lynn.
I serve on the following boards or commissions: Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority, Cape Fear Council of Governments and Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization.
I am a member of the Wilmington Central Rotary Club and the volunteer caretaker of Bellevue Cemetery located on Princess Place Drive of the city.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

Philip White

Philip C. White was born and raised in nearby Whiteville, North Carolina, but has lived in Wilmington since 2008.  A local Candidate with a focus on sustainable growth in the area.  He and his girlfriend, Cramer Vaughan have two fur babies, Freya and Hendrix as well as two feather babies, Nikola and Hermione.  Philip has dedicated his life to the service of others, to listening to their voices, and to lending a hand to those in need.  Whether through his service on the New Hanover County Long Term Healthcare Community Action Committee or his years of volunteerism, ranging from the Oxford Masonic Children’s Home, to the Humane Society, as well as local food banks.  He is a firm believer that when we help those in need, that we as a society, all benefit.  He is employed as a manager with the company Mattress Firm.  A grassroots candidate with one eye on the past, learning from our history, and the other, firmly planted on the future.  Not just the immediate future, but a brighter future for all of our posterity.  Not afraid to tackle the tough issues, or to say the difficult things, Philip strives to bring our City and all of her residents to the table of local legislation, so that we may all benefit.  A child of a family owned small business, he realizes that our communities must be built on the spirit of entrepreneurship, and innovation and progress.





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.





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

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.





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.



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.

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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