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Board to consider Jarvis for seat

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Selina Jarvis

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By Sandy Semans Ross
Correspondent

Saturday, January 12, 2019

CURRITUCK — The Currituck Republican nominated by her party’s executive committee to replace Bobby Hanig on the county Board of Commissioners is hoping the remaining six board members will agree with the panel’s recommendation and appoint her to fill the vacancy.

Selina Jarvis, who is retiring from teaching at Currituck County High School at the end of the school year, says she’s ready to serve on the Currituck Board of Commissioners and wants to bring fairness, an open mind and transparency to the board.

“My background in education gives me unique qualifications,” Jarvis said. “I don’t have a political agenda. I’ve always been interested in government and serving people.”

Jarvis was nominated by the Currituck Republican Executive Committee earlier this week to fill the vacancy created by Hanig’s resignation from the commission board earlier this month. Hanig, who was in the middle of a four-year term, stepped down after winning election to the state Legislature in House District 6. He was sworn in for a two-year as a legislator last week.

Jarvis said the interview process with the Currituck GOP Executive Committee was a challenge but fair.

“It can be daunting to have 13 people watching — it felt like an interview as we answered their questions, but it is a great way to see how democracy works,” she said.

The GOP executive committee also interviewed two other Republicans who had expressed interest in Hanig’s seat: Jason Belangia and Steven Craddock. Carolyn Bibeau, who initially had also expressed interest in filling the vacancy, withdrew her name from consideration earlier in the process.

Belangia couldn’t be reached for comment.

Craddock said he congratulates Jarvis on winning the GOP committee’s nomination, but said it has “not dissuaded me from my interest in” replacing Hanig on the Board of Commissioners.

Noting that the decision on who replaces Hanig will be up to commissioners’, not the GOP executive committee, Craddock said he plans to make a case for winning the appointment.

“I have said previously and still believe I am the obvious and best choice for his seat,” he said. “My dedication to Currituck’s citizens, my work experience, and my experience serving on the county Planning Board is unparalleled. It isn’t over yet.”

Craddock said he is “truly honored” that the GOP panel considered him for Hanig’s seat and isn’t “mad by any means” that he wasn’t selected. However, he feels the public needs to know more about how Hanig’s replacement is selected.

“I do believe ... that the public needs to know the facts about the selection process and how the outcome of the commissioners’ votes to fill the vacancy next Monday will directly impact every resident of Currituck County,” he said.

Craddock was referring to the workshop the six current Currituck commissioners plan to hold on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Historic Courthouse. During the workshop, the board will discuss the possibility of appointing Jarvis to Hanig’s seat.

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.

Following the workshop at 4:30 p.m., the board will reconvene a meeting members recessed earlier this week to possibly make a decision on a replacement for Hanig’s seat. If the board appoints someone to the seat, they will be sworn in at a future meeting.

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