BEAUFORT — Town resident Everette “Rett” Newton announced Tuesday he will be running for mayor, the first challenger to announce a bid in this fall’s municipal races.

“With the new bridge and highway bypass, we are undergoing arguably the greatest transformation in our town’s long and rich history,” Mr. Newton wrote in a letter to the News-Times. “Detailed planning, guided by our diverse and talented citizens, is an absolute necessity.”

Mr. Newton is the program manager for Duke Marine Lab’s marine robotics and remote sensing operation.

He’s a familiar face at town meetings and currently chairs the Beaufort’s volunteer parks and recreation advisory board.

“If elected, I will work with Beaufort citizens to build a vision for what we want our beloved town to look like in 2020, 2025 and beyond. Once we better understand this vision, we can work with the town staff and board of commissioners to develop a long-range plan for our community,” he continued. “This detailed plan should consider a broad array of interests to include generating good-paying jobs, attracting young professionals and families, and fixing our deteriorating infrastructure.”

Mr. Newton will run against at least one other for the mayoral seat as incumbent Richard Stanley has confirmed to the News-Times he will be running for re-election.

Filing opens Friday at noon for all municipal races.

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 232; email; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

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