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Currituck's Hanig files for House District 6 seat

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Commission Chairman Bobby Hanig

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From staff reports

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CURRITUCK – The chairman of the Currituck County Commission has entered the Republican primary against state Rep. Beverly Boswell of Dare County for the right to represent the redrawn state House District 6.

Commissioner Bobby Hanig on Monday morning made official his candidacy for the May 8 GOP contest. Hanig and Boswell will be seeking to become the GOP nominee in a district covering Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Pamlico counties.

“Many people reached out to me to encourage me to run and I look forward to continuing my public service in the General Assembly,” Hanig said in a prepared statement he issued after he filed.

“Just as I’ve been a conservative voice on the county commission, I’ll be their conservative voice in the General Assembly,” he said in the statement.

Hanig said if elected his focus would be to work with other political conservatives to reduce what he sees as wasteful government spending, cut what he sees as red tape hurting local businesses and to work to lower taxes and create jobs in the area.

Boswell, in an email response on Monday afternoon, said, “This is a political campaign and whomever feels the calling into public service is welcome to file.”

“This is the American way. I would love to continue my public service in Raleigh. We have lots more to accomplish. The state is in great shape and we are going to make it better,” Boswell said.

Hanig and Boswell were both elected to their current respective positions in 2016.

Hanig, reached by phone on Monday afternoon, was asked why in the midst of his first term as a Currituck commissioner he decided to run for another elected office. He said he wants to ensure the region has good representation in the new House District 6.

“The coastal counties here are very important to me,” he said. “And I want to make sure that, moving forward, that we are in good position and our voice is heard.”

He said state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, has done a good job representing Currituck in the present House District 1. Steinburg is seeking the GOP nomination in a newly drawn state Senate District 1.

At the same time, Hanig said he's concerned about not knowing what the future brings.

“And I feel that my abilities, my leadership qualities are proven,” he said. “I have a great track record. I have lots of experience in the county and in the region. And I feel I'm the right person to move this region forward and represent us.”

Hanig and Boswell are both 53. Boswell is presently a medical assistant phlebotomist. She is a former Dare commissioner who presently represents Beaufort, Dare, Hyde and Washington counties in Raleigh.

Hanig served as a tank mechanic in the U.S. Army. He went into the pool cleaning and maintenance business in 2001 and co-founded Brindley Beach Vacations in 2004. He sold his interest in Brindley Beach Vacations a few years ago.

Hanig was asked Monday afternoon whether he has any complaints about or grievances against Boswell. He said he doesn't know her and said he only met her once, at a GOP function.

“I don't know good, bad or otherwise about her,” he said. “It isn't about her. It's about me knowing that I can do a good job in Raleigh.”

Hanig did, however, comment when asked about Boswell opposing a bill allowing Elizabeth City-based College of The Albemarle to use state bond proceeds to build new college facilities in both Dare and Currituck counties. Boswell last summer never responded to requests from the newspaper about the reason for her opposition to the proposed legislation.

Hanig said he was concerned Boswell would leave the funding from Raleigh on the table. He noted Steinburg came through in eventually getting the legislation passed, but with only Currituck getting   assistance.

Hanig said if he had held the legislative seat, he “absolutely” would have backed such a measure.

“You have to support our community colleges. They're just as important, if not more important, than our public schools,” he said.

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