Beth Dawson was elected to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and is serving as Chairwoman, and is the seventh woman elected to serve on the NHC Board of Commissioners since New Hanover County began electing Commissioners in 1868.
Beth has been a resident of New Hanover County for 30 years, and is an eleventh generation North Carolinian. She attended Salem Academy and North Carolina State University. Beth and her husband, Dan, have been married for 36 years. Beth is retired from a banking career with Bank of America (NCNB, NationsBank), and is a licensed N.C. Real Estate Broker. Beth spent her professional career helping others achieve their goals and solve their financial concerns by listening effectively and working to find beneficial solutions.
Prior to her election to the NHC Board of Commissioners, Beth volunteered for many community organizations- serving as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, and has served the citizens of New Hanover County on numerous public trust local and state boards and commissions – including two terms on the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science Advisory Board, and the Southeastern N.C. Regional Economic Development Commission.
With a passion for public service, Beth is committed to doing her homework, asking tough questions, and studying all sides of every issue before the NHC Board of Commissioners in order to make the best decisions on behalf of all the citizens that she serves.
Proven Effective Leadership
Beth serves as the New Hanover County Commissioner Representative to the following Boards and Commissions:
Cape Fear Council of Governments Executive Committee
Local Emergency Planning Committee
New Hanover County Financing Corporation, Inc.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees
NC-506 Continuum of Care Advisory Board (formerly Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness)
Southeastern Economic Development Commission
Southeastern Partnership, Inc./Economic Development
Trillium Health Resources – Southern Regional Advisory Bd. Chair
Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Chairman
Republican Party Activities and Honors
Beth Dawson has served on the county, district, and state Republican Party executive committees, and the local and state boards of the N.C. Federation of Republican Women.
Candidate, N.C. House of Representatives, District 18, Jan.-Nov. 2010
North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee Member
NCGOP 2009 Hall of Fame, J.E. Broyhill Award Nominee
N.C. Republican Party Seventh District Executive Committee, Treasurer & former Secretary
New Hanover County Republican Party Executive Committee Member
New Hanover County Victory 2000 Chair for President Bush’s Campaign
New Hanover County Chair for Victory 2000 phone bank
Republican National Convention 2004 Delegate
Republican National Convention 2000 Alternate Delegate
NFRW National Convention 2005, 2007, & 2009 Delegate
North Carolina Federation of Republican Women (NCFRW) Treasurer & Asst. Treasurer
Lower Cape Fear Republican Women’s Club President (two terms) & Treasurer
Awarded NCFRW Tribute to Women Award in 2004 for Republican Party service
NCGOP State Convention Resolutions and Credentials committees, member
Member of many successful candidates’ campaign committees – County, State and National