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How I voted in the statewide NCPreps.com polls, Feb. 11

The full poll will be released later tonight — here are my votes.

Boys

1A

1. Winston-Salem Prep

2. Rocky Mount Prep

3. Plymouth

4. North Rowan

5. Monroe

6. Hendersonville

7. East Carteret

8. Albemarle

9. Lake Norman Charter

10. Goldsboro

 

2A

1. Kinston

2. East Rutherford

3. Waxhaw Cuthbertson

4. Shelby

5. Wendell Corinth-Holders

6. Burlington Cummings

7. Elizabeth City Northeastern

8. Trinity

9. West Stokes

10. West Caldwell

 

3A

1. Concord

2. Rocky Mount

3. Statesville

4. Fayetteville Westover

5. NE Guilford

6. Wilson Hunt

7. Chapel Hill

8. Oxford Webb

9. Gastonia Ashbrook

10. Gastonia Hunter Huss

 

4A

1. Charlotte Olympic

2. SW Guilford

3. Fayetteville 71st

4. Hoke County

5. Clayton

6. Garner

7. Pfafftown Reagan

8. Raleigh Broughton

9. Charlotte Ardrey Kell

10. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor

 

Girls

1A

1. Lejeune

2. North Wilkes

3. South Davidson

4. Monroe

5. Cherokee

6. Riverside-Martin

7. Salemburg Lakewood

8. Robbinsville

9. Lake Norman Charter

10. East Surry

 

2A

1. High Point Andrews

2. Kinston

3. Catawba Bandys

4. Burnsville Mountain Heritage

5. Reidsville

6. Granville Central

7. Pasquotank

8. North Surry

9. Pittsboro Northwood

10. Jordan-Matthews

 

3A

1. Northern Nash

2. Chapel Hill

3. Morganton Freedom

4. Eastern Wayne

5. West Craven

6. West Rowan

7. Hickory

8. Shelby Crest

9. Southern Vance

10. Northern Guilford

 

4A

1. Raleigh Millbrook

2. Charlotte Myers Park

3. Southeast Raleigh

4. Cary Green Hope

5. Charlotte Ardrey Kell

6. Wilmington Laney

7. Fayetteville 71st

8. Greensboro Page

9. Holly Springs

10. Alexander Central

Lenoir Co. Board of Elections responds to B.J. Murphy

Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy expressed his opinion about the Lenoir County Board of Elections attempting to unseat Director Dana King in an exclusive interview with Jon Dawson and I on this week’s Free Press Radio Show (I also wrote about his visit in this article).

Excerpted from the audio, the mayor said, “I think the entire board needs to change. I don’t know how soon the board changes after the governor’s race, but the fact is you have a Republican governor, so you should have two Republican board members now. …

(The current  board has) had it out for her since Day 1. The Democratic Party didn’t even tell the two former members they weren’t going to be gone. They replaced them with two new people. I like them; don’t get me wrong and it’s nothing personal. … Eventually, there comes a time when it’s time to step down.”

The Lenoir County Board of Elections sent this letter to B.J. this afternoon (and CC’ed Jon and I at the same time):

Mayor Murphy,

We have read and listened to your interview yesterday, February 7, with the Free Press.  We are astonished that you would not only buy into but choose to further the hearsay rumors about the Lenoir County Board of Elections’ motivation in seeking the termination of the Elections Director.

The rumors are wrong.  Contrary to their – and your – stated perception, this Board has not been “out to get” the Elections Director, from “Day 1” or at any time since then.  Even a casual reading of the publicly-available petition for termination would tell you, if you were to bother reading it before you arbitrarily assign motivation, that the petition was driven solely by the Board’s ongoing, unaddressed, and increasing concerns about the efficient, effective management of the Board of Elections – and thus, of Lenoir County residents’ money.

It is not, and has never been, about “getting” the Elections Director, or about anyone’s taking her job.

We feel safe in assuming that one of your primary concerns, as Mayor of Kinston, is the effective, efficient management of the City’s resources.  We fail to understand then why you so freely impugn, in a public forum, the Board of Elections members’ integrity for bringing that very same priority to our oversight of the agency we were all, in fact, appointed to oversee.

We see from the article that you think “the entire Board needs to change.”  We would point out to you that the majority of the Board did in fact change, less than two years ago.  We also see that you believe that “eventually, there comes a time when it’s time to step down.”  The former Board chairman, one of the people who were not reappointed 19 months ago, had served in that capacity for 16 years.  It seems to us that more than meets your timetable for tenure.   We can’t speak to the process by which the Democratic party made the appointments, because we were not part of that process;  unless you were part of it or have spoken to members of the Lenoir County Democratic Executive Committee about it, you might consider being more careful about assigning blame for what you appear in print to consider wrong.

Your claim in the Free Press interview that “it’s nothing personal” feels very personal to each of us.

Sincerely,

Sharon Kanter, Chair

Oscar Herring, Secretary

Kimberly Allison, Member

Lenoir County Board of Elections

Again, for the original interview, check out the link above for the show.

My take: I’ve always found Dana King to be a woman of integrity; she’s one of the few people in the public realm who ALWAYS answer their phones — and if she doesn’t, she calls back ASAP.

My only beef with her has been how slow we get Election Night results as compared with surrounding counties. However, I’ve always chalked that up to her wanting to make sure everything is 100 percent complete and that there wouldn’t be any mistakes. If that’s the case — and I believe it is — good for her.

Saying all this, the board seems to have a legitimate problem(s) with her and they’re doing what they have to do to fix it in their eyes. To be continued…

Kinston boys rise to No. 1 in NCPreps.com 2A poll; Kinston girls up to No. 7 — and how I voted

 

For the first time this season, the Kinston boys are No. 1 in the statewide NCPreps.com 2A poll. Additionally, the girls cracked the poll at No. 7.

Click here to see the complete polls.

And here’s how I voted. Incidentally, if you’re wondering why I didn’t post my votes last week … it’s because my dumb ass missed the deadline. Yikes.

Anyhoo — here’s my votes:

Feb. 4 — Boys
1A
1. Winston-Salem Prep
2. SW Onslow
3. Rocky Mount Prep
4. Plymouth
5. North Rowan
6. Monroe
7. Hendersonville
8. East Carteret
9. Albemarle
10. Lake Norman Charter
2A
1. Kinston
2. East Rutherford
3. Waxhaw Cuthbertson
4. Shelby
5. Trinity Wheatmore
6. West Caldwell
7. Monroe Piedmont
8. Wendell Corinth-Holders
9. Burlington Cummings
10. Central Davidson
3A
1. Concord
2. Rocky Mount
3. Oxford Webb
4. Hickory
5. Statesville
6. Fayetteville Westover
7. NE Guilford
8. Wilson Hunt
9. Chapel Hill
10. Gastonia Ashbrook
4A
1. Charlotte Olympic
2. SW Guilford
3. Fayetteville 71st
4. Garner
5. Raleigh Broughton
6. Hoke County
7. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor
8. West Charlotte
9. Clayton
10. McDowell County
Girls
1A
1. Lejeune
2. North Wilkes
3. South Davidson
4. Monroe
5. Cherokee
6. Riverside-Martin
7. Salemburg Lakewood
8. Robbinsville
9. Salemburg Lakewood
10. Warsaw Kenan
2A
1. High Point Andrews
2. North Surry
3. Kinston
4. Catawba Bandys
5. Burnsville Mountain Heritage
6. Reidsville
7. Graham
8. Granville Central
9. Pasquotank
10. Pittsboro Northwood
3A
1. Northern Nash
2. West Rowan
3. Chapel Hill
4. Morganton Freedom
5. Eastern Wayne
6. West Craven
7. Southern Vance
8. Hickory
9. Franklin
10. Winterville South Central
4A
1. Raleigh Millbrook
2. Charlotte Myers Park
3. Southeast Raleigh
4. North Mecklenburg
5. Cary Green Hope
6. Charlotte Ardrey Kell
7. Wilmington Laney
8. Fayetteville 71st
9. Greensboro Page
10. Durham Hillside