Currituck GOP nominates Jarvis to succeed Hanig


Selina Jarvis


By Sandy Semans Ross

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

CURRITUCK — Currituck Republicans have selected educator Selina Jarvis as their nominee to replace Bobby Hanig on the county Board of Commissioners.

Mike Payment, vice chairman of the Currituck Board of Commissioners, said he received news of Jarvis’ nomination by the Currituck Republican Party’s Executive Committee from the board’s chairman late Monday night.

Jarvis, a teacher at Currituck County High School, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

Jarvis was one of four Currituck Republicans who submitted applications to the county GOP executive committee to be considered as replacements for Hanig, who resigned last month in preparation for being sworn in as the new state representative for House District 6. Hanig left the commission board with two years remaining on his four-year term.

State statutes allow the political party of the person leaving during an unexpired term to recommend a replacement candidate. The board of commissioners may consider that candidate or decline the recommendation and choose someone else, although that is rare.

Currituck GOP Chairman Bryan Bass said that the party's executive committee took the responsibility of recommending a replacement for Hanig very seriously.

"We asked each of the candidates six questions and then voted by secret ballot," said Bass. "Selina won on the first ballot. She will be retiring from teaching this year and so will be able to give it 100 percent."

Bass said all of the candidates brought good attributes to the table and the executive committee weighed them carefully. Earlier in the process, the party leadership interviewed each candidate separately.

Also under consideration were Jason Belangia, Steven Craddock, and Carolyn Bibeau. Bibeau withdrew her name from consideration a couple of weeks ago, Bass said.

In anticipation of the GOP recommendation being forwarded for their consideration, commissioners recessed their regular meeting Monday night, Payment said. They plan to reconvene next week to meet with Jarvis, he said.

“We want to talk to her before we make the appointment,” said Payment. “We want to get a good understanding of her and allow her to get to know us.”

According to Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon, the board will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Monday for the sole purpose of considering and possibly appointing a replacement for Hanig.

Jarvis, a graduate of Appalachian State University and recipient of National Board Certification in social studies and history, will enter her third decade of teaching this year. She currently teaches Honor Foundations, civics and economics at the high school.

She and her family moved to Currituck in 1990.