Early voting started Thursday, but there’s one name on the ballot in Craven County who’s withdrawn from the race.

Kim Fink, a candidate running on the Back to Basics platform, quietly withdrew from the race for the District 5 Craven County Board of Education seat in June.

Her former opponent, David Hale, currently holds the seat for District 5.

Fink said the decision to withdraw was not an easy one.

“My direction and the board’s direction are different, and I could not be effective as a lone voice,” Fink said.

Hale said he hoped Fink would stay involved with the school board’s proceedings.

“I truly respect Kim Fink, and I do not know her reasons for withdrawing, but I hope that she’ll continue to be a voice in education,” Hale said.

The final day to withdraw from the 2016 Craven County election and not be on the ballot in November was Dec. 16, 2015, for candidates who did not have to run in a primary, Meloni Wray, Craven County Board of Elections director, said.

Wray said she contacted the State Board of Elections when Fink was considering withdrawing to confirm the deadline for withdrawal to not be on the ballot in November.

With only two candidates filing for the District 5 seat, there was no primary necessary, and Fink and Hale were both automatically placed on the November ballot.

“She does have the option, that if she wins by votes, she still has the option to accept it or not because she is who the people elected,” Wray said.

Fink, an active member of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association, has been a vocal opponent of Common Core and, until recently, had regularly attended school board meetings and work sessions.

 

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