KFP: Local leaders to be dunked for a good cause

By David Anderson

“..we are going to have to raise their taxes.”

If you’ve ever wanted to knock your local leaders into the water, you’ll have your chance Saturday.

The Young Professionals of Lenoir County will host an all-day dunking booth during the final day of this week’s BBQ Festival on the Neuse.

Proceeds will benefit Junior Leadership Lenoir, a YPLC program which gives juniors attending Lenoir County’s six high schools opportunities to learn about the community and volunteer throughout the county.

The program started during the beginning of the current school year.

“We have at least eight local politicians and community leaders that are going to be involved, but we’re looking for more participation,” said Justin Hill, Young Professionals’ chair — and a Free Press staff writer.

Participants can pay $2 for one throw, $5 for three throws, or get a free throw when they purchase a $50 Young Professionals’ membership.

“Junior Leadership Lenoir is really a great program, and this is going to help us finish our first year and get started on our second,” Hill said.

Those who have signed up to be dunked include Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy; Kinston City Manager Tony Sears; Kinston City Councilwoman Kelly Jarman; Lenoir County Schools Superintendent Steve Mazingo; County Commissioner J. Mac Daughety; state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir; Tony Moore, candidate for N.C. Senate; and Jon Sargeant, candidate for Lenoir County school board.

Murphy said he will be a “trash-talking mayor” when he is in the dunking booth on Saturday, and that “nobody” will be able to dunk him.

“And of course the first person that does, we are going to have to raise their taxes, we are going to have to assess some penalties, but all in the name of fun,” he joked.

Murphy said the city of Kinston has been a supporter of Junior Leadership Lenoir.

“Our community needs to continue investing in our future leaders; and I don’t mind being dunked for that cause,” he said.

There are a few more spots available; for more information call Hill at 252-525-3606.


David Anderson can be reached at 252-559-1077 or danderson@freedomenc.com. Follow him on Twitter at DavidFreePress.



Festival on the Neuse dunking booth

9 a.m. — Tony Sears, Kinston City Manager

9:45 a.m. — Steve Mazingo, Lenoir County Public Schools Superintendent

10:30 a.m. — B.J. Murphy, Kinston Mayor

12 p.m. — Kelly Jarman, Kinston City Council

12:45 p.m. — Tony Moore, N.C. Senate candidate

1:30 p.m. — Stephen LaRoque, N.C. Representative

3:45 p.m. — Mac Daughety, Lenoir County Commissioner

5:15 p.m. — Jon Sargeant, Lenoir County Board of Education candidate

  • One throw for $2
  • Three throws for $5
  • Purchase a Young Professionals membership and get a free throw

Proceeds go toward Junior Leadership Lenoir, a program run by the Young Professionals of Lenoir County for high school juniors. For more information about the booth call Justin Hill at 252-525-3606.