With Bill Owens expected to retire in 2012, House District 1 will most likely fall into Republican hands next year.  Newly drawn House maps turn this district from a Democrat leaning (D+1) district into one that leans Republican.  The district encompasses Currituck, Camden, Perquimans, Chowan and parts of Pasquotank counties.  Given the strong Republican showing in the District in 2010, this should be an easy pickup for the GOP with the right candidate.  Among these seeking the seat are the popular columnist and former NC-2 House candidate Bob Steinburg and the polarizing former Chairman and current member of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, J. Owen Etheridge.  At least two others are rumored to have some interest in the seat including perennial candidate Bill Lehmann of Pasquotank County and former NC-5 House candidate Matt Peeler of Perquimans County.

There can be little doubt that the strongest and most viable candidate is (more…)


Representative Bill Owens (NC House District 1) has failed to report all of his real estate holdings on his Statement of Economic Interest (SEI), as required by North Carolina law.  The law requires public servants to disclose all personal financial interests over $10,000 so as to avoid potential conflicts of interest.  According to online public records, Representative Owens has not disclosed property owned by him in (more…)

A Civitas poll conducted this week in NC House District 1 shows challenger John Woodard (R) in the lead over incumbent Bill Owens (D), (more…)

In a Truth or Dare Exclusive, Civitas poll results will posted here on Wednesday morning for several key local Senate and House races including the Basnight/Richardson Senate race and (more…)