Eye on Dare is reporting that Democrat Tim Spear will not seek a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly in 2012.  Spear, the current Representative in District 2, was drawn into a new House district last year, District 6, which was already represented by Republican Bill Cook.

Spear was facing a tough bid in House District 6 and may not have liked his chances of success.  The newly redrawn District 6 includes Dare, Hyde, Washington and portions of Beaufort counties.  Mr. Cook (more…)

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Dare County has elected its first Republican Sheriff.  Doug Doughtie easily defeated incumbent Rodney Midgett 56/44.  Midgett carried Manteo, Wanchese, Nags Head and East Lake while Doughtie carried Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills,  Colington, Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point and all precincts south of the Bonner Bridge.

Dare County voters returned  Republican Jack Shea to the Board of County Commissioners.  Mr. Shea defeated his opponent (more…)


As controversy continued to swirl around the German Soldier Ad, Representative Tim Spear and the North Carolina Democratic Party took cover. Spear, who said he was personally insulted when he saw the flyer, said the NC Democratic Party was responsible for hiring the ad agency. The Party promptly blamed the ad agency. The ad agency issued a press release ‘taking full responsibility’.

Mr. Spear takes credit for the message but not the photo. “It was a good flyer (more…)


A recent mailer sent out by the NC Democratic Party, and authorized by NC-2 Representative Tim Spear, has local vets hoppin’ mad.  On the front of the ad, Spear tells vets that “One Legislator is Covering Our Soldiers’ Backs”.  On the back, overlaying a photo of  soldiers, he says, “In combat, you always want another soldier covering your back.”  The ad might have been effective except for two facts.  First, Mr. Spear’s bio does not mention any military service.  Second, and much more troubling, is that the soldiers pictured in the ad are not American soldiers.  They’re Hitler’s soldiers. (more…)


Truth or Dare sent interview questions to the candidates for NC House District 2.  Only Bob Steinburg has responded.  After giving Mr. Spear a week beyond the deadline to respond, it’s time to go to press.

I thank Mr. Steinburg for responding and giving the voters a chance to hear his position on the important issues facing our county.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate is close to 10%.  Only 14 other states have higher unemployment rates.  What contributes to North Carolina’s high rate and what can be done to bring jobs to our state and particularly to this District? (more…)


The candidates for NC House District 2 took to the stage Sunday at the Dare County League of Women Voters Candidate Reception in Kitty Hawk. The two present starkly different pictures of the state of our State and offer different solutions to our lagging state economy. (more…)


Civitas’ recent poll of NC House District 2 shows a dead heat in Dare County between Democrat State Representative Tim Spear and his challenger, Republican Bob Steinburg.  Spear is up by (more…)