Commission At-Large candidate Bettie Parker speaks with voter Mike Fleck outside the United House of Prayer near Elizabeth City State University, Tuesday.

Jon Hawley/The Daily Advance

Commission At-Large candidate Bettie Parker speaks with voter Mike Fleck outside the United House of Prayer near Elizabeth City State University, Tuesday.

Decision 2014: Parker makes history, Sterritt also wins

By Jon Hawley

The Daily Advance

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Bettie Parker made history in Pasquotank County on Tuesday, becoming the first African-American woman to win a primary election for county commissioner and the first black candidate to win a countywide election for commissioner in more than 100 years.

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Brighter Future

My first thought was to say congratulations to Mrs. Parker, but in re-thinking this I believe we are the fortunate ones to have someone of her integrity and caliber representing us. She is one of a few candidates I believe who is truly in it to serve not to add feathers to their cap. The better word is to say I am thankful for her serving in this position. The future looks much brighter when people like her step up to the plate.

Data Driven Decisions?

Mrs. Parker states "will make “data-driven” decisions". We would only need computers if her approach is all that is necessary to run government. Figures can not be fully accepted just on their face value without researching the why of how the figures were arrived at. Everyone knows the old saying , "Figures don"t lie, but schemers figure." The voters must now do their own figuring.

First Female Commissioner

Please check to confirm that Lois Leigh Foster was the first female member of the Pasquotank County Commissioners. She was elected in 1978, after working in the Register of Deeds office for 38 years. I believe she served on the Board of Commissioners for 8 years. I believe that all of the commissioners were elected on an at-large basis in those days.

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