NC and NEW BERN GOVERNMENT
Learning about New Bern's local, state and federal government
representation and processes is simple with this handy
all-in-one web page. From voter registration to local and county
government links, we have it all.
For newcomers moving to New Bern,
making it your home is an easy process, most of us just
fall into the routine, neighbors are always eager to help in New
Bern. But if you like a "plan" this page will give you the
information you need to be an active, productive citizen-in
You'll find out who are your elected officials,
when they are elected, where and how you elect them. All the
"legalities" we could think of are on this page.
Links to Web sites where you can get more information than
you'll ever need are here. Happy browsing!
NEW BERN VOTING INFORMATION
IMPORTANT VOTING LINKS:
- NC State Board
of Elections: This site allow you to: check your voter registration
or the status of your provisional vote, find your polling place or local
Board of Elections, or view Campaign Reports and upcoming election
Assistance Program: For anyone who is or has military family members
stationed overseas, this site is helpful for absentee voting information.
This Department of Defense initiative provides "absentee voting
information to US citizens living overseas who are
USA.gov Voting Page: Federal Government site with links to
information about primary dates, absentee ballots, State election offices,
and Polling Hours by state.
Brought to you by the
National Association of Secretaries of State
whose members are the chief state election officials in 38 states,
CanIVote.org lists all the steps to find out if you're eligible, registered
and knowledgeable about the dates and requirements for voting.
VoteSmart.org: Project Vote Smart provides extensive
nonpartisan information on elected officials' voting records and candidates'
positions. Covers federal and state offices nationwide in the United States.
Verified Voting Foundation: VerifiedVoting.org is
a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation, which lobbies for reliable
and publicly verifiable election systems.
- "UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are members of the
U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard),
merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their family members,
and citizens outside the United States."
The deadline to
register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the
day of the election. Forms that are received by the
county board of elections office or postmarked by the
deadline are accepted as valid applications for the
upcoming election. Also, agency and DMV voter
registration transactions that are completed by the
deadline are accepted as valid for the upcoming
election. Applicants will be notified by the county
board of elections of their precinct and polling place
Absentee voting is comprised of two methods by
which registered voters may cast ballots other
than the traditional method of appearing in
person and casting a ballot on the day of the
election. These methods are as follows:
- Absentee by Mail
- Absentee One-Stop
- In the office of the county board of
- In another location within the county
designated as an Absentee One-Stop voting
Check the State Board of Elections site for
further information on absentee voting.
Step 1: Register
to vote in North Carolina.
For new residents to the state, you
can register to vote when you get your NC Driver's
If you move to a new location from
elsewhere in NC or do not register when you get your
driver's license, you can also register in person at the
Craven County Board of Elections office located at
406 Craven Street, New Bern NC 28560. Their hours are
M-F 8am-5pm. Phone: (252) 636-6610.
Step 2: Determine
your polling place.
To do so, you need to
here to Check the Status of Your Voter Registration on
by entering your personal data on the NC State Board of
Elections site. Once your full name shows up, click
on it, and it will show you your entire voter
registration record INCLUDING your polling place.
Step 3: Learn
about the candidates and their stance on issues of importance to
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POLITICIAN WEB SITES, SUN JOURNAL, POLITICAL PARTY
NC's Primary Election is on Tuesday,
May 6. America's General Election is Tuesday,
Step 5: Vote!
Craven County allows absentee voting
and advance voting. Call the Board of Elections for
details at (252) 636-6610.
NOTE: April 11, 2008 is the
last day for voters to change party affiliation before
the May 6 Primary Election.
April 17, 2008: "One Stop Voting"
Begins for the Primary Election. Modified county
board offices will remain open five days each week.
NEW BERN POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS
League of Women Voters: The
Craven County chapter of the League of Women Voters has its own web page
announcing upcoming events. Otherwise, information in general can be found on
the League of
Women Voters of North Carolina web site, including issues of interest to
County Democratic Party
Craven County Republican Party
CITY OF NEW BERN
Founded in 1710, New Bern had a shaky start in spite of the
great natural resources. The native peoples were friendly
for a very short time, until they realized that the white men
did not share the land as Indians had always done.
The small colony was almost wiped out, but prevailed and now is
one of the top retirement spots on the east coast.
Read more on our detailed History page.
Government also was shaky at first, and when the town was
finally standing tall, the American Revolution began. The
first Royal Governor had left for New York, and the second one
had to leave in the middle of the night to escape the wrath of
North Carolinians who wanted liberty from English rule.
New Bern was presented with a banner late in the 19th C. by the
burghers of Bern Switzerland, the home of our founder Baron
DeGraffenreid. This original flag is on display in City
Hall. The very distinctive bear with the inimitable curling
tongue is now the town icon. Bernhard the Bear is one of New Bern's most
New Bern City Hall
300 Pollock Street
P.O. Box 1129, New Bern, NC 28563
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
The city of New Bern is a friendly place to do business.
To find a particular department or contact please click on:
The city and county share
some responsibilities. the city of new Bern is governed by
a mayor and a Board of Aldermen. They meet only twice a month.
Government offices for city and county are in downtown New Bern.
City of New Bern Board of Aldermen
The Board of
Aldermen consists of six elected
officials elected from voters by ward. They
are elected for a four-year term. The Board
meets regularly on the second and fourth
Tuesday of each month in the City Hall
Courtroom, 300 Pollock Street at 7:00 P.M.
Mayor is Thomas A. Bayliss, III. He is
elected at-large every four years by all
voters of the City. The Mayor presides at
all Board Meetings.
The City Manager is Walter B.
Hartman, Jr. He reports directly to the
Board of Aldermen, acts as the administrator
to carry out City policies, and is
responsible for running the day-to-day
business of the City.
New Bern's Board
of Aldermen and Wards:
Parham Ward 1
Robert G. Raynor,
Jr. Ward 2
Mack L. “Max” Freeze
Mattingly, Jr. Ward 4
Barbara Lee Ward 5
Dana Outlaw Ward 6
The "Town Within A Town", Trent Woods
lies along the Trent River, wholly within
the city limits of New Bern. Trent
Woods is a beautiful area, with every type
of housing available, and top-notch schools
with lots of kids and professional families.
No dog leash laws, burning trash
allowed...an old-fashioned Southern
community loved by the inhabitants.
912 Country Club Drive.
MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS: Trent
Woods has a Mayor-Council form of
government, where the people elect a Mayor
and three Commissioners every two years in
odd-numbered years. The Mayor and
Commissioners form the Town Board, and are
elected at-large in non-partisan elections.
Monthly meetings of the Trent Woods Board of
Commissioners are held on the first Thursday
of each month at 7:30p.m. at the Town Hall,
912 Country Club Drive.
The Ad Valorum tax rate for
the Town of Trent Woods is $0.27 per $100 of
assessed value. This tax rate is one of the
three lowest in all the surrounding
municipalities. County taxes are paid at the
County Administrative Building to the Craven
County Tax Collector. Town of Trent Woods
taxes are billed separately, and are paid to
the Trent Woods Tax Collector at the Town
POLICE PROTECTION: Police
protection is provided by four full-time and
three volunteer officers. The officers work
rotating shifts and provide protection
throughout the Town. When a Trent Woods
Officer is not on duty, calls are forwarded
to the Craven County Sheriff's Department
dispatcher automatically. Non-emergency
calls may be made to the Trent Woods Police
The Town of Trent Woods
employs seven full-time and four part-time
personnel. Offices are located in the Town
Hall, the George R. Scott, Jr., Municipal
Building, at 912 Country Club Drive.
TOWN OF RIVER BEND
River Bend has a population
of approximately 2,930 acc.
to US Census 2001--we know that's
out-of-date. The town covers 3 sq.
miles. The 2002 tax rate-19 cents per $100
River Bend provides services
for the residents: police, street
lighting, street maintenance &
construction, water & sewer.
River Bend has 16 employee positions. Town's
total budget is $3,061,710. The mayor and council are elected for 2 year
terms. The next election will be
November 4, 2009.
Hall: 45 Shoreline Drive, River Bend
NC, 28562 Phone: 252-638-3870
Be aware that this site has a musical
accompaniment, so turn off your speakers if
you do not want to hear "Dreamy Carolina
FAIRFIELD HARBOUR is eastern
Carolina's only gated community with a
resort attached as part of the package.
The official community website gives some
info, but you need to be registered to get
more--although the categories will show you
what this community is all about. .
President of the Harbour Home Owners
Association is Tim Lubsen, his e-mail is:
2008 Craven County Government
406 Craven St
New Bern NC 28560-4971
Fax (252) 637-0526; web:
Craven County is named for William, the Earl of Craven, who was
one of the original Lord Proprietors named by English King
Charles I as the Proprietors of the province of Carolina.
Craven's nephew and heir, also William, succeeded his uncle as
Lord Proprietor. Like most of the English nobility, he
was an absentee landlord; never made to trip to America to see
the county named for him.
The county of Craven was established in 1712, 2 years after
Baron DeGraffenreid established the town of New Bern.
In 1990 the Craven County Board of Commissioners was
expanded from five to seven members. Currently, all
Commissioners are elected by district.
Over the years, Craven County Commissioners
have not only been leaders in the local community, but also
active across the state and nationally through their
professional organizations, North Carolina Association of County
Commissioners and National Association of Counties.
The present Craven County Commissioners are:
Chairman of the Board
Perry L. Morris:
Johnnie Sampson, Jr.:
District 5 ;
M. Renée Sisk:
Tyson: District 7;
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NC EXECUTIVE BRANCH
GOVERNOR & LT. GOVERNOR
The present Governor of North Carolina is
A native of New Bern, she brings wide experience to the post and was
the first woman elected governor of North Carolina.
An educator and physician, Ms. Perdue is talented professional
who has unparalleled challenges in this economy. Her
energy level and common sense approach to governing is a
here for the Governor's web site.
here to visit the Lt. Governor's web site.
The Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina is Walter Dalton,
elected in 2008. Focused on helping small business and
community college education, his office is one of the most
active in NC government.
The web portal for North Carolina State Government is
www.NCGov.com, and includes
(You must test for your license in person)
Vehicle Registration (License Plate) Renewal
NC Official Tourism Site:
- Find tourist and historical attractions,
events and festivals, driving itineraries
NC JUDICIAL BRANCH
NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY
General Assembly meets in Raleigh, the North Carolina state capital. It's
about a 2 1/2 hour drive from New Bern. You can listen to audio
of chamber sessions on their web site, check legislative
calendars, look up bills, and more.
Important NC General Assembly Links:
The NC State House Representatives from Craven County are:
Alice Graham Underhill
District 3 (Dem)
Chair: Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; 3
terms in house; representing Craven and Pamlico counties; her
occupation: Law Librarian Re-elected in 2008.
Representative: William L. Wainwright, District 12 (Dem)
; Speaker Pro Tempore 2007-2008 session; representing
Craven and Lenoir counties; 9 terms in house; his
occupation: presiding elder.
Re-elected in 2008.
Our Federal Congressional Legislators in the US Senate:
Richard Burr (R)
217 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington DC, 20510
Kay Hagan (D)
defeated Eliz. Dole in a landslide in the general election.
Washington DC 20510 202-224-6342 class II*
Congressional Legislators in the
US House of Representatives:
US Representative: Walter B. Jones. Mr.
Jones represents the 3rd District which encompasses Craven
County. For more information, log onto:
I, section 3 of the Constitution requires the Senate to be
divided into three classes for purposes of elections. Senators
are elected to six-year terms, and every two years the members
of one class—approximately one-third of the Senators—face
election or reelection. Terms for Senators in
Class I expire in 2013,
Class II in 2009, and
Class III in 2011.)
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