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Upon returning home to Beaufort, Rett was elected mayor in 2017.

He has worked effectively with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to prepare and recover from hurricanes, respond to the COVID crisis, complete a massive cleanup of local waterways, and secure the future of his community by investing in infrastructure. As both a mayor and Duke University PhD candidate, he has seen first-hand the effects of climate change and has worked diligently to conserve North Carolina’s pristine coastal ecosystem.

Veteran, scientist, mayor, Rett Newton is ready to represent North Carolina in the US Senate.

Rett served in the Air Force for 28 years in roles that encompassed electronic warfare engineering, F-15E Strike Eagle leadership, and assignments as an Arabic foreign area officer.


During his military career, he responded to many crises including flying combat air patrols to protect Washington DC following 9/11, and assisting the large-scale disaster relief effort following the 2004 tsunami in South Asia. His career has been exemplified by unwavering dedication to our country.


Rett obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Campbell University, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from American Military University, and he is currently working toward a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University.  

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