2017 City Council

Rev. Clifford Barnett

Clifford D. Barnett, Sr. currently serves as the pastor of the Warner Temple AME Zion Church in Wilmington, NC.  He is an active community organizer and team builder with a passion for connecting people in need with resources.  Since arriving in Wilmington in 2009, he has become very active in the community. He serves as the Chairman of the Southeastern Dropout Prevention Coalition at UNC-Wilmington, a member of the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free - Tomorrow Committee, and was selected as a member of the D. C. Virgo Prep Academy Board of Advisors, where he also serves as a mentor to five boys weekly.

Additionally, he serves as vice-president of the New Hanover County Smart Start Board of Directors, has spearheaded the Annual First 2000 Days Summit held every Presidents’ Day for four years, and has hosted Leadercast, the largest one-day leadership event in the world broadcasted from Atlanta. for six years. He is also the founder of Bridges to Success, a program designed to offer assistance to students and their families who have been suspended from a middle or high school in New Hanover County.

Clifford D. Barnett, Sr. is a native of Rockville MD. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC and attended Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC for his Masters of Divinity Degree.  In 1998, he graduated from Eastern Baptist (currently Palmer) Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA earning a Doctorate of Ministry Degree.  His doctoral focus was “The Renewal of the Church for Mission.”




Hollis Briggs

A lifelong Wilmingtonian, Hollis Briggs Jr. attended John T. Hoggard High School, graduated in 1975, and for decades has been committed to the betterment of his home city. Although Hollis left Wilmington for a time to pursue his career as an Executive Chef, he always knew he would return home and work to make Wilmington a better city than when he left.

Political and Community involvement has been a huge part of Hollis’ commitment to a better Wilmington. He was the original organizer of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Downtown Wilmington, and still puts the event on every year. He has worked as a Deputy Campaign Manager for Julia Boseman in two successful races for the North Carolina Senate. He also has been a candidate himself, once for the Soil and Water Conservation District in 2002, again as a N.C. House of Representatives candidate in 2008, and a third time as a Candidate for the Wilmington City Council in 2015. He is also a member of the Transportation Bond Advisory Committee and a Parks and Recreation Bond Advisor.


Tori Jones

Tori worked in marketing and operations for PepsiCo, Cumulus Broadcasting and Atlantic Coast Advertising before founding Clove Marketing, a full service marketing agency. She has since assisted hundreds of retail, service, manufacturing and non-profit organizations with a variety of successful awareness and sales-building efforts. She holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and a BS in Marketing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition to her agency work, she has served as an instructor at UNC Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business, where she taught Promotions Management and Marketing Research.

Tori first became involved in local politics when she helped Laura Padgett get re-elected to City Council in 2003. She served as Rep. Susi Hamilton’s campaign manager from 2010 until Hamilton’s recent cabinet appointment, and worked on Mayor Pro-Tem Margaret Haynes’ and Commissioner Rob Zapple’s campaigns as well. Shas is the current President of Thalian Association Community Theatre, past Chair of Communities In Schools of Cape Fear, past President of Wilmington West Rotary, and has served on boards and committees for Dreams of Wilmington, Blue Ribbon Commission, Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, Wilmington Industrial Development, Coastal Entrepreneurial Council, Cucalorus Film Festival, Cape Fear Blues Festival, Celebrate Wilmington!, Cameron Museum of Art, Wilmington Downtown Inc., and Downtown Business Alliance.   





 Rev. James Ray

Retired Electronic Technician - United States of Personnel Management (OPM) 
November 2008 - Present 
Ordained Evangelist June 1984 - Present 
Associate Minister - Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church 2011 - Present
Electronic Technician 
United States Postal Service
1984 - 2008 Last Office, Fayetteville Processing and Distribution Center Fayetteville, North Carolina 
 United States Postal Training Institute,
Norman, Oklahoma 
Bachelor Degree Equivalent, Electronic Technology, Maintenance and Repair
1986 -2006 Electronic Technician Promotion in1984
United States Postal Service Training & Development Institute, Air Mail Center JFK Airport Queens, New York 
Associate Degree Equivalent, Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, "A" Average 
1979 - 1984 
Activities and Societies: Numerous Courses with Certificates - Mail Processing Equipment Mechanic Promotion in 1980
Glorified Deliverance Evangelistic Center Inc.  Bible and Evangelistic Training 
Queens,NY & Virginia Beach, VA 
Affiliated with Deliverance Evangelistic Centers Inc. Brooklyn,NY
Ordained Evangelist 1984 &1986 - Present


County Commission 2018

Nelson Beaulieu

Nelson Beaulieu is a proud husband, father, and Afghanistan War Veteran serving his community in New Hanover County. He and his wife, Amanda, are the proud parents of two young girls, Meadow, 9, and Autumn, 8.

Nelson enlisted in the Army upon graduation from Portland High School in Portland Connecticut, out of a strong desire to serve and protect his country and his family. He served 6 and 1/2 years in the Army as a military police officer, deployed at Rhine Ordinance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He served his country in Afghanistan from 2006-2007. He received an Honorable Discharge and moved to New Hanover County with his wife and daughters in 2008.

Nelson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in History from American Military University in 2011. Two years later, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Political Science, also from American Military University. For the past five years, he has taught History and Political Science at Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.





Rob Zapple

Rob and his wife Michele have lived, worked and made a positive contribution in New Hanover County for the past 17 years as community members and small business owners. Rob is a licensed General Contractor, residential and commercial builder, and owner of Rob Zapple Design and Build Inc., and Michele is co-owner of Carolina Gymnastics Academy. They have three children, all of whom attended New Hanover County public schools and have graduated from North Carolina Universities. Rob is an advocate for the public process and is active with several non-profit organizations that serve Wilmington and New Hanover County in his efforts to help our community grow and prosper.


US House 2018

 Dr. Kyle Horton

Dr. Kyle Horton is an internal medicine physician with years of experience working in public policy. Dr. Kyle comes from a family that has always worked hard and served our country. Her great grandparents were farmers in eastern Appalachian Kentucky. Both of her grandfathers fought in World War II, while her uncle fought in the Vietnam War and her Dad served at the Pentagon during Vietnam. From blue-collar roots, both of her parents retired from careers as factory workers with General Motors.

Dr. Kyle keeps her family tradition of striving, serving, and succeeding. She's a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She graduated medical school and earned her Master of Business Administration as part of a rigorous 5-year dual-degree physician leadership development program. Her physician peers selected her as the Outstanding Senior Resident at the end of her training. She came back home to southeast North Carolina in 2012, which is where her parents also live and retired.

Dr. Kyle remembers the promise our country made to the people who defend it. She has served veterans as a physician in the Department of Veterans Affairs. After witnessing delays in care, she’s worked for years educating, raising awareness, and crafting federal policy to address the public health crisis of veteran suicide. One of her proudest moments was celebrating the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act in the U.S. Senate gallery alongside Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Having graduated high school in Flint, MI, she recognizes the importance of having clean, safe, and healthy environments. She has represented concerned North Carolinians protecting the region’s farmland, waterways, and beaches from big polluters. She's led meetings with the White House administration in relation to her opposition to offshore drilling. 

Dr. Kyle honors her roots by fighting for working families and veterans. She has the qualifications, experience, and respect for our American values and way of life to make Eastern North Carolinians proud of their Congresswoman. She knows firsthand the challenges the hardworking families of the 7th district face finding decent, affordable healthcare and well-paying jobs. She will hold these struggles in her heart as she fights to restore caring, responsive leadership in Congress.




PO Box 3036 Wilmington, NC 28406