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2018 Election Season Will Be One to Watch

Friday 16 February 2018 at 11:46 pm

By JOY CRIST

The 2018 Election Season officially began on Monday, February 12, as filing opened in Dare and Hyde Counties for an array of positions.

And while there’s still time for more candidates to join in the mix, (as filing remains open until February 28), 2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting election year.

As one local official we talked to earlier this week put it, “This year, your vote will be worth its weight in gold. There are a lot of qualified candidates out there, and it’s going to be an exciting election.”

Right off the bat, there are two races in particular that are already making waves on social media and in local conversations, and which will be worth watching in the months to come.

Arguably, the most discussed race thus far is the pending match-up of incumbent Beverly Boswell (R) against Tess Judge (D) for the N.C. House District 6 seat. This race is a rematch of sorts, as Tess Judge was a last minute Democratic candidate in the 2016 election after her husband, Warren Judge, passed away a few days before the November vote. Expect this race to generate heated conversations, as both candidates already have dedicated supporters, just days after they announced their intentions to run.

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A Primer on the Commercial Fishing License Issue

Thursday 08 February 2018 at 6:19 pm

By JOY CRIST

On February 14 and 15, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in Wrightsville Beach to discuss a range of topics, including proposed changes to eligibility requirements for commercial fishing licenses.

This issue has local fishermen on the edge of their seat – a position they are unfortunately somewhat familiar with due to varying restrictions proposed or implemented over the years – and many attest that a potential license change will noticeably affect our own local fishing industry for the worst.

But if you haven’t been following the topic since the issue first surfaced in November, then there may be some lingering questions.

What are the changes they are talking about? Why does this affect the public? And what happens next?

So to get all of our readers in the loop, here’s an overview of the issue, and a few answers to some of those frequently asked questions.

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