Wainwright Dinner is Postponed As of this time the Wainwright Dinner is postponed. We thank everyone who invested in the realization of this wonderful event, but we, the Officers of the Craven County Democratic Party feel that is of the best interest of the community to postpone to a future date. Tickets you have purchased are good for the rescheduled event.  The Democratic Officers will announce the new date as soon as it is finalized. March Monthly Gathering is Cancelled Based on the guidance from Governor Roy Cooper’s Office and the CDC, the March Monthly Gathering is cancelled. We will keep everyone posted as theRead More →

New Bern received a mediocre score for family friendliness in North Carolina from WalletHub, a website that produces data-driven articles ranking various subjects in various categories. In ranking North Carolina cities for “2019’s Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina,” New Bern ranked 56th out of 87 cities. The top-ranked city was Cary, while coming in at 87th was Laurinburg. In Eastern North Carolina, Havelock — you read that right — was the highest rated city in the survey, coming in at 35th. Other Eastern NC cities were Wilmington (44th), Greenville (53rd), Jacksonville (59th), Wilson (70th), Elizabeth City (75th), Tarboro (77th), Goldsboro (81st), andRead More →

The Craven County Democratic Party hosted a forum on Monday night for the Democratic candidates running in the N.C. 3rd Congressional District special election. Five of the six candidates for the Democratic nomination to finish the term of Walter Jones, Jr. were in attendance, discussing their plans on a broad range of issues including health care, the economy, protecting our eastern North Carolina shoreline, voting rights, and providing constituent services to the whole of the district. Over 180 people were in attendance at the forum, which was held at Word of God Christian Center on Neuse Boulevard, and over 500 people also watched part orRead More →

Gov. Roy Cooper today announced new election dates to fill the seat in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, which has been vacant since Congressman Walter Jones, Jr. passed away earlier this month.  “People in eastern North Carolina need a voice in Congress,” Gov. Cooper said. “We’re moving ahead so they can choose their new representative quickly.”  Gov. Cooper issued a writ of election and proclamation directing that a special general election to elect a representative to serve out the remainder of the current two-year term for the Third Congressional District be held on July 9, 2019.  Candidates seeking to fill the seat should file noticesRead More →

State Rep. Michael Speciale is seeking to fill the late Walter Jones’ unexpired seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Other candidates who have announced plans to run include Phillip Shepard and Philip Law. Michele Nix, vice-chairman of the NCGOP, is also reportedly preparing to announce her candidacy. “After much encouragement and prayer, Michael Speciale of Craven County has decided to run for the U.S. House seat for District 3. This seat was left vacant by the untimely passing of Walter B. Jones,” Jones said in a news release. Jones died Feb. 10 and his funeral was held Feb. 14. N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper must declare a vacancy onRead More →

“Feb 10, 2019 Greenville, NC – After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina.  He was 76.   “Congressman Jones was a man of the people.  With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice.  “Congressman Jones will long be remembered forRead More →

Early voting is underway. Election Day is Nov. 6. CRAVEN BOARD OF ELECTIONS CANDIDATE DETAIL LIST CRITERIA:  Election: 11/06/2018, Show Contest w/o Candidate: N CONTEST NAME / SEAT NAME / PARTY CANDIDATE NAME / NAME ON BALLOT FILING DATE / CAND PTY RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS MAILING ADDRESS US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 03 JONES, WALTER B JR 02/22/2018 3693 HILLCREST DR P O BOX 668 Walter B. Jones REP FARMVILLE, NC 27828 FARMVILLE, NC 27828 NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 02 GARNER, GINGER RACHELLE Ginger Garner 02/19/2018 DEM 405 CHRISTINA CT EMERALD ISLE, NC 28594 PO BOX 5615 EMERALD ISLE, NC 28594 NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 02Read More →

Gov. Roy Cooper directed $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund on Tuesday to speed repairs to K-12 public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence. “Students need to get back to learning and educators need to get back to teaching, but many school districts can’t afford the repairs schools need,” Cooper said. “The lives of thousands of students, teachers and families are on hold and they need our help to recover.” While many schools have reopened since Hurricane Florence struck last month, seven North Carolina school systems remain closed, keeping more than 130 schools out of operation and nearly 90,000 students out of class.Read More →

President Donald J. Trump visited MCAS Cherry Point to meet with state officials, military leaders, and disaster relief agency representatives to discuss the aftermath created by Hurricane Florence and the road ahead, Sept. 19. President Trump visited Craven County this morning, landing at Marine Air Station Cherry Point and then taking a motorcade on U.S. 70 into New Bern, where he toured areas damaged by Hurricane Florence and met with volunteers, victims, and officials. Trump held a news conference at Cherry Point that included cabinet officials and local government dignitaries including Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, Gov. Roy Cooper, and New Bern Mayor DanaRead More →

NC Civitas | The state budget for FY 2018-19 contains nearly 170 line items totaling $30 million that are highly inappropriate or outright pork. Appropriations directing funding to local pet projects include items such as walking trails, playgrounds, county fairs and highway signs. Moreover, dozens of nonprofit organizations receive direct appropriations in the budget. Make no mistake, these nonprofits perform admirable work. However, it is highly inappropriate – and unfair favoritism – to single out nonprofits for specific appropriations of state tax dollars, instead of having them go through the appropriate grant process. There is little doubt that a large percentage, if not all, of theseRead More →