Meet the Candidates

Here is a full list of Republican candidates running in Pitt county:



Rep. Karen Kozel: Candidate for NC Senate- NC Senate 5th district

Karen Kozel is a former North Carolina House Representative from the 10th District. She has been an educator for 30 years. Two years ago, she retired from the Executive Director position of Eastern Carolina Homeschool Organization. Rep Kozel is pro-life, pro legal immigration, anti – sanctuary cities, pro education reform, pro wall and she is supportive of the many farmers in her district, coming from a rural area in NC herself. Her desire is to get together with community leaders and hosting town halls to discuss solutions to issues in Greene and Pitt Counties.  She is the leader that listens.




Kellie Chappell-Gonzalez: Candidate for NC District Court Judge- NC District Court district 3A

Kellie Chappell-Gonzalez is a Christian, a wife, a mother, and a lawyer. She's also a local business owner. Her roots run  deep here in Pitt County. Now, she's hoping to apply her years of practical courtroom experience serving as a District Court Judge. She understands how the administration and interest of justice can save the taxpayer time and money. Kellie Chappell-Gonzalez is your conservative choice for Pitt County District Court Judge.




Tony P. Moore: Candidate for NC House of Representative- NC House 8th district

Tony Moore is a Life time Educator for over 40 years and has been a Teacher and Administrator for Pitt County Schools for 19 years. Moore later headed North Carolina Driving School. He also graduated from Appalachian State University 1975 and 1983. BS and MA. and from East Carolina University 1987 and 2002. MA and Eds.





Rep. Dr. Perrin Jones: Running for Reelection to NC House of Representative- NC House 9th district

Jones was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Wake Forest School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. After completing his anesthesiology residency at Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, he joined the East Carolina Anesthesia Associates in 2003. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and previously served as the president of the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists. Jones was elected by the Pitt County Republican Party Executive Committee on September 23, 2019, to fill the seat left vacant by Greg Murphy, who won a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives. Jones was formally appointed to the seat by Governor Roy Cooper and he was sworn into office on October 1, 2019.




Sandy Smith: Candidate for US Congress- 1st NC Congressional District 

Sandy and her husband William are happily married in Winterville, NC and share four adult children. They also have a beautiful farm in Ayden, NC where they embrace the farming and agricultural life, raising honey bees and a rare species of free-range pig from New Zealand. Growing up the oldest girl in a family of six children, Sandy learned at a young age the importance of hard work and discipline. Sandy spent many summers babysitting and tutoring children in her neighborhood, as well as helping her brother build a lawn mowing business. She even started her first business at thirteen selling homemade salsa at the corner store. This strong work ethic enabled her to buy her own car, prom dress, letterman jacket, and color guard uniforms. Having a large family meant finances were tight and there were no allowances so you only got what you worked for. These principles ring true even today, as Sandy firmly believes that through hard work and determination, you can accomplish anything.




Betsy Flangan: Candidate for County Commissioner/District C

As a financial consultant, I see the importance of being a transparent fiduciary with a high degree of integrity and accountability in all dealings.  I believe that these same characteristics should be the number one qualification in the elected officials who are sent to do the work of the people.  I have a consultant mindset with a strong financial background, a servant's heart, and a commitment to be accessible and collaborate with all of our communities throughout the county.  We can all work together to make Pitt County a choice community to live and work in.

My Guiding Principles

  • Take a long-term investment approach to make sure our tax dollars are being used to strengthen our tax base in Pitt County for the long-term.
  • Develop a responsible plan for how to prepare for the aging facilities and growing needs of our public schools, population growth outpacing capacity in many of our schools in Pitt County, and additional classrooms needed as a result of HB90 legislation.  
  • Work collaboratively with all communities and entities to maximize sustainable economic development in Pitt County.  
  • Continue to work with our law enforcement and EMS services throughout the county to make sure our citizens are safe and served efficiently in the event of emergency.
  • Continue to work with county agencies to support a high level of quality of life in Pitt County for all citizens.
  • Collaboration is key!  The ideas of many working together always yield a better result than any one person or group working in isolation.



Tom Coulson: Board of Commissioners
District: Vice-Chair District B (Districts 3 and 6 Combined)




Lauren White: Board of Commissioners

District: District 6