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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 record time!

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!


  • 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, lists all the steps to find out if you're eligible, registered and knowledgeable about the dates and requirements for voting.
  • 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.
  • Federal Voting 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 UOCAVA citizens."
    • "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."
  • Verified Voting Foundation: is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation, which lobbies for reliable and publicly verifiable election systems.

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 assignments.

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:
  1. Absentee by Mail
  2. Absentee One-Stop
  3. In the office of the county board of elections, or
  4. In another location within the county designated as an Absentee One-Stop voting site.

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 License.

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 click 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 you.


Step 4:  NC's Primary Election is on Tuesday, May 6.  America's General Election is Tuesday, November 4.

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.


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 women. 

Democratic Party: Craven County Democratic Party

Republican Party: Craven County Republican Party 



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 famous images.



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
(252) 636-4000

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
he 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.

The present 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.

City Manager
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:

Julius Parham  Ward 1    

Robert G. Raynor, Jr.  Ward 2    

Mack L. “Max” Freeze   Ward 3

Joseph E. 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 old-fashioned Southern community loved by the inhabitants. 

Town Hall: Town Hall, 912 Country Club Drive.
Web Site:

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 Hall.

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 at 637-9810.

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.


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 valuation.

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.

Town Hall:  45 Shoreline Drive, River Bend NC, 28562  Phone: 252-638-3870

Web Site:;  Be aware that this site has a musical accompaniment, so turn off your speakers if you do not want to hear "Dreamy Carolina Moon".


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. .

The President of the Harbour Home Owners Association is Tim Lubsen, his e-mail is:



 Craven County Seal   COUNTY GOVERNMENT

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:

Jason R. Jones: District  1; e-mail:;  Chairman of the Board                                                                                                                Theron McCabe: District 2;                                                      Lee  Kyle Allen: District 3;

Perry L. Morris: District 4;                                                    Johnnie Sampson, Jr.: District  5 ;                                         M. Renée Sisk: District  6;                                                                  Steve Tyson:  District 7;




Seal of the state of North Carolina



The present Governor of North Carolina is Beverly Perdue.  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 refreshing change.

Click here for the Governor's web site.                             


Walter Dalton

Click 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, and includes links to:




The NC 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:

 Picture of Alice Graham UnderhillRepresentative: Alice Graham Underhill District 3 (Dem)                   

 Email: ;   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)Picture of William L. Wainwright

Email: ;  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  class III*

     Kay Hagan (D)   defeated Eliz. Dole in a landslide in the general election.

     Washington DC 20510 202-224-6342  class II*

Our Federal 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:  

(*class -  Article 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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