Nearly 4,000 cast ballots in Currituck; voters weigh in on Trump


Currituck Board of Education incumbent Janet Rose campaigns outside the polling station at Moyock Elementary School for Tuesday's election.


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

MOYOCK — Nearly 4,000 voters cast ballots in Currituck County today, with three precincts — Moyock, Poplar Branch and Courthouse — providing more than half the total.

Adding the 3,228 votes cast during the one-stop period, more than 7,000 ballots have been cast in Currituck for today’s election.

Currituck voters have only three contested local races on Tuesday’s ballot: one commissioner race and two school board races. They’re also helping choose representatives for state Senate and House and voting on contested races for state Supreme Court and the state Court of Appeals as well as six constitutional amendments. 

At Moyock Elementary School, however, a number voters said their focus was on national politics, specifically President Donald Trump and his policies and behavior. A number said they support the president and wanted to reflect that support by voting in today’s midterm election. Others said they oppose the president and wanted their vote to reflect that view.

A woman voter who said she considers an independent, said she voted a Democratic ballot down the line.

"A vote for a Republican is a vote for Trump," the voter said. "I just don't like his policies. He seems to bully a lot."

The voter said she's concerned when Trump uses the term "fake news" to criticize members of the news media when he doesn’t like a story they report. She was also concerned, she said, by the tenor of today’s politics, noting that Americans no longer seem able to view those with whom they disagree as fellow Americans.

"You see it every day now. If I don’t agree with you or you don’t agree with me, the name-calling starts. And it just goes too far. It goes too far," she said.

In local races, the voter said she supported incumbent school board member Janet Williams Rose and school board challenger Megan Bottelli. She voted for them because they're women and she wants to see diversity on the board, she said. Rose is being challenged for her seat by Josh Bass. Bottelli is challenging incumbent school board member Bill Dobney.

Another voter said she was torn between Democratic and the Republican candidates. She said wanted to give President Trump, through her vote, two more years of Republican control of Congress, particularly because the “economy is running really well right now."

"I'd like to see what he can do," she said.

The voter also was turned off by what she believes were Democratic-orchestrated charges of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh when he was up for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. "It was kind of a low blow," she said.

The voter said she voted Republican in all state contests, including for state Senate District 1 candidate Bob Steinburg and state House District 6 candidate Bobby Hanig. As for local races, the voter said she supported Kevin McCord, a Republican seeking to return to an at-large seat on the Board of Commissioners.

She said McCord is a "good, down to earth guy," as well as a former neighbor of hers.

The voter, who has three children in the Currituck County Schools, said she voted to keep Rose on the school board.

"Why not?" she replied when asked about voting for Rose. "I think she's doing a pretty good job."

The voter said she also cast her ballot for Dobney, the other incumbent school board member, for the same reason.

Another voter, who said he’s voted for Democrats in the past, said he supported Republicans in the state contests.

"I just don't want to see another Democrat in there right now until things settle down," the voter said.

"I just don't want to see it turned around yet," he said. "I think he (Trump) needs to have his four years. The people can vote him out if they don't want him in four years."

In local races, the voter said he supported Bass for school board because he heard many positives about him from neighbors.

"They seem to tend to follow him," he said.

He said he voted for McCord for at-large commissioner because he knows McCord — not only as a former commissioner but also as a businessman and sheriff’s deputy.

"I think that's where I'm at with him anyway," he said.

Rose, who was campaigning outside Moyock Elementary, said she believes voters are fired up — both pro and con — by the Kavanaugh hearings.

"Either we love Trump or we hate Trump. And, so, I think that's bringing people out," she said.

Even though school board races in North Carolina are non-partisan, Rose is campaigning as a Republican. Asked why, she said it’s because she’s politically conservative.

Outside Moyock Elementary, Doris Flora was campaigning for Democratic candidates. She said she believes Democrats take their jobs more seriously.

"They look out for the people, rather than the party, most of the time," Flora said.