• We Have the Candidate Info You Need to Vote Local

    Nearly everyone has an opinion about who should be president. But most voters have no idea about the candidates for their local elected offices – even though these are the people who set local policies and oversee vital services right where we live.

     

    Our elected local officials set property tax rates, oversee fire protection, law enforcement, road repairs, education, and many of the things we like—or dislike—about the town, city or crossroads where we live in Pitt County. Local officials in Pitt County collectively control the spending of nearly $1 billion, and their impact is vast. Yet, very few voters decide who they are.

     

    Voter411ENC.org is a nonpartisan public service providing candidate information in Pitt County. We believe it is essential to democracy that people know their candidates' goals and priorities so that they can make an informed choice in the 2020 election. We hope this is why you have come to this website. Please vote.

  • The 2020 Candidates

    For Candidate Information, Click on the Orange Boxes Below Each Photo

    Pitt County Board of Commissioners

    What They Do:

    The winners of the four seats up for election this year will join five others on the county’s Board of Commissioners. The board sets policy, priorities, property tax rates and the annual budget for the county government. The county government employs more than 1,100 people, full time and part time. They work in a variety of departments, such as the animal shelter, Council on Aging, Elections Office, Emergency Management, Public Health, Sheriff’s Office and Social Services. The county government operates on an annual budget of more than $250 million, and half of it is funded by property taxes. To know more, visit the Pitt County website.

     

    Candidates will be selected this year in Districts A, B, C, and 6.

    Melvin McLawhorn, Awaiting Response

    Pitt County Board of Education

    What They Do:

    The winners of the five seats up for election this year will join four others on the county’s Board of Education. The board sets policy, priorities and the annual budget for Pitt County Schools. The district employs hundreds of people across 38 K-12 schools and the headquarters office and serves more than 23,000 students. The school district operates on an annual budget of more than $250 million, and state funds make up more than half of it. To know more, visit Pitt County Schools website.

     

    Candidates will be selected this year in Districts 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9.

    Pitt County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor

    What They Do:

    The supervisor is an elected member of the district’s Board of Supervisors. The board sets policies and priorities for the district office, which manages state and federal conservation programs. Many of the programs focus on local agriculture. The district also works with local communities on erosion control, stormwater and floodplain management, and environmental education. To know more about the Soil and Water Conservation District, visit its website.

    Brooks Bunn, Awaiting Response

    Pitt County Register of Deeds

    What They Do:

    The county’s Register of Deeds oversees the office that is responsible for recording all kinds of official documents and making them public as required by state law. Those documents include land-ownership deeds, such as the deed to a house, and birth, death and marriage certificates. To know more about the Register of Deeds, visit its website.

    N.C. House of Representatives

    What They Do:

    Those elected to one of these three seats will join another 117 state House members elected to two-year terms. Pitt County is split between the 8th, 9th and 12th state House districts. The state House and the state Senate together are called the General Assembly. They make laws, and set the biannual budget and taxes, among other things. To know more, visit the N.C. House website.

     

    Candidates will be selected this year in Districts 8, 9 and 12.

    N.C. Senate

    What They Do:

    The person elected to this seat will be one of 50 state senators elected to two-year terms. Pitt County is part of N.C. Senate District 5. The Senate and the state House of Representatives together are called the General Assembly. They make laws, and set the biannual budget and taxes, among other things. To know more, visit the N.C. Senate website.

     

    The District 5 seat is the only one representing Pitt County.

     

  • WE'RE A NONPARTISAN PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL CANDIDATES

    *Voter411ENC.org was funded by the East Carolina University School of Communication and College of Fine Arts and Communication. It is maintained by Dr. Cindy Elmore and Dr. Brian Massey from the School of Communication.

     

    We contacted all candidates for local offices in Pitt County and asked them to tell us and you about their goals and priorities, and to provide a photo. Candidates seeking to represent Pitt County in the state General Assembly were also asked to participate. Information about candidates for the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals is available in a Judicial Voter Guide that is mailed to all North Carolina households each fall by the State Board of Elections.

     

    We aim to be the most comprehensive source for nonpartisan election information about local candidates in Pitt County.

     

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