Wilson not seeking 5th term in Camden


Chris Wilson


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CAMDEN — For the first time in more than 20 years, there won’t be a Wilson on the Camden Board of Education after this fall’s election.

Chris Wilson, who was first elected to the Camden school board in 2002, succeeding his brother Rickey Wilson, who didn’t seek re-election, has himself decided not to seek a fifth term.

Chris Wilson, 59, did not file for one of the three at-large seats on the Camden school board by Tuesday’s filing deadline, Elections Director Elaine Best said. 

Wilson’s two fellow school board incumbents — Sissy Aydlett and Dr. Jason Banks — did file for re-election to their seats. Joining them are Tiffany Riggs Bounds, who’s making her second bid for a school board seat, and three first-time candidates: Eleanora Doane-Butts, Roger Morgan and Chris Purcell. 

Because the three seats are voted on at large, the top three vote-getters in the Nov. 6 election will be elected. They’ll join the school board’s other two members — Christian Overton and Kevin Heath — who are not up for election this year.

Aydlett, 48, and Banks, 36, are both completing their first four-year terms on the board.

Aydlett works for the nonprofit Albemarle Hospital Foundation in Elizabeth City. Banks, a dentist who practices in Elizabeth City, currently serves as the board's vice chairman.

Bounds, 33, unsuccessfully sought election to a seat on the Camden Board of Education in 2016.

Butts, 61, is perhaps best known for her leadership in the annual Back to School Bash and Fun Day on the Pasquotank waterfront.

Morgan, 55, retired from the Camden Schools as transportation director at the start of April. He also has worked as a teacher and assistant principal in the school district.

Purcell, 42, co-owns the Elizabeth City Firehouse Subs restaurant with his wife. He also is a past board chairman of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce.