The Dare County Board of Commissioners today rejected County Manager Outten’s proposal to ban smoking on all Dare County property.  The final vote was 3-4.  The motion to adopt the proposal was brought by Vice Chair Allen Burrus and seconded by Max Dutton  Commissioners voting for the ban were Chairman Warren Judge, Vice Chair Allen Burrus and Max Dutton.  Those opposed were Mike Johnson, Jack Shea, Richard Johnson and Virginia Tillett.  The highly controversial proposal would have banned smoking in all county cars and on all outdoor property owned, leased or occupied by Dare County.   Smoking is already banned inside County buildings.

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Outer Banks Voice is reporting that the race for Marc Basnight’s Senate seat is heating up. According to OBV, Commissioners Judge and Tillett are interested as is former Chamber of Commerce President Paul Tine. Rep. Tim Spear’s name was mentioned but I’ve been told by a few insiders that (more…)


Commissioner Judge has responded to my email.  He does not support the federal government’s efforts to take over health care.  However, he does not think that the resolution put before the Board supported the federal government’s efforts.  I disagreed, we had a good exchange and we agreed to disagree on this point.

We all need to be aware that this matter is going to come up again and it may not be on the agenda, like the last time.  If anyone gets wind of when it will be coming up, please alert ToD so that we can mobilize and be present at the meeting.

If you have not emailed the Commissioners on this topic, please do so.   You can email them directly by clicking on their name below.   The Commissioners who voted ‘NO’ on the resolution are:

Mike Johnson
Jack Shea
Max Dutton
Richard Johnson
Allen Burrus

The Commissioners who voted for the resolution are:
Warren Judge
Virginia Tillett


On October 19th, Commissioner Virginia Tillett brought forward a resolution supporting the Democrat version of healthcare reform.  The measure was defeated 2-5. Voting against the measure were:  Mike Johnson, Jack Shea, Max Dutton, Richard Johnson and Allen Burrus. The resolution is below.

Please email the Commissioners who voted ‘No’ on this ridiculous resolution to express your support for them.  It is important that they hear from you as Commissioner Tillett vowed to bring up the matter again with revised language.

Mike Johnson
Jack Shea
Max Dutton
Richard Johnson
Allen Burrus

Also email Commissioners Judge and Tillet and tell then that you do not support this resolution or the government take-over of healthcare.
Warren Judge
Virginia Tillett

The resolution was not on the agenda and was not distributed to the public or the other Commissioners prior to the meeting.  The actual resolution is not included in the Minutes of the meeting.  It was brought to the meeting by Commissioner Tillett.

The resolution is part of a nationwide effort by the National Association of Counties (NaCo) to pressure Congress to pass the Democrat version of healthcare reform.  NaCo sent sample drafts to all counties.  A quick search of the internet finds this matter on the agenda of many counties across the country.  The draft is entitled:   A RESOLUTION URGING IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE FEDERAL HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION and calls for counties to endorse legislation that provides access to affordable, quality health care to all.

Click the link below to see the actual resolution and the draft sent to all counties by NaCo.

DCC Healthcare Resolution
NaCo Healthcare Reform Template for Counties