Bob Cavanaugh, Republican, incumbent, District 3

Bob Cavanaugh, Republican, incumbent, District 3


Part one: Let’s talk the issues in 25 words or less. 

1. Do you support the county sales tax referendum? What about the bond referendum for schools?

Yes on both referendums.

2. What is the most pressing issue facing the district you are running to represent?

There are several, but perhaps higher-paying jobs is most prominent.

3. Do you support offshore testing, drilling and development off the state’s coast? 


4. How can the county better adapt to climate change and prepare for future storms? 

The school Bond referendum will provide funds to build 3 stand-alone gymnasiums, which serve as storm shelters. Adapt by dressing appropriate to the weather. 

5. Do you support school reopening in person, virtually or a hybrid model given the coronavirus pandemic?

I support opening the schools to allow in-person learning.     

6. Would you like to see the Confederate monument remain on courthouse grounds in Beaufort?


Part two: Meet your candidate. 

I am 72 years old, married for 36 years and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1988 after serving 21 years, where I worked in the avionics field. Joining in 1967 as a private, I earned 11 promotions and retired with the rank of captain. I am also a Vietnam veteran having served at Da Nang and Chu Lai.

I am seeking reelection and currently represent the county on the hospital board, East Carolina Council of Governments, East Carolina Workforce Development Board, Allies for Cherry Point Tomorrow Board, Juvenile Crime Prevention Board, Carteret Transportation Committee and the Carteret County Animal Shelter.

I am active in the Republican Party and past chairman of the Crystal Coast Republican Men's Club. I have been the chairman of the Crystal Coast Tea Party since 2009. 

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