Winslow to seek re-election

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Pasquotank County Commissioner Joe Winslow


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pasquotank County Commissioner Joe Winslow will seek a third term for his Northern Outside seat on the county’s governing board.

Winslow, a 70-year-old Democrat, confirmed his election plans in an interview last week.

In running again for the county’s Northern Outside seat, Winslow said he wants to continue working to advance the county, noting it’s recovered from recession since he joined the board seven years ago. He said his top priorities are supporting the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools and keeping local taxes down — two goals that sometimes can seem in conflict, as school officials have sought more funding to cover rising costs and new initiatives for school kids.

During his time on the board, Winslow has been a strong proponent of renewable energy, particularly the Amazon Wind Farm US East, which he noted is the single-largest payer of property taxes in the county. Winslow also noted he’s actively represented Pasquotank and neighboring counties as District 1 director for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.

The filing period for county commissioner opens next month. So far, no challengers have declared against Winslow or the other two incumbent commissioners likely to run for reelection: board Chairman Cecil Perry, a Democrat representing the Southern Inside district, and Vice Chairman Bill Sterritt, a Democrat holding one of the board’s three at-large seats.

Another seat up for election this year is the at-large seat that Bettie Parker won in 2014. With Parker becoming mayor of Elizabeth City, commissioners appointed Charles Jordan to complete her term. Jordan hasn’t decided yet whether to run for a full term.