Pender CountyPender County has five County Commissioners elected for four-year terms. Although the candidates are attached to specific districts, and as a result have to meet residency requirements in order to stand, they are voted for by the county at large. Moreover, the elections are staggered at two-year intervals, making it harder to offer voters a broad range of candidates at a given time, or allow them to vote for a representative legislature. Unsurprisingly given this, although 22.5 % of the population is African American, all current County Commissioners are white. The same system is also used to elect the Pender County Board of Education and all city and town councils. This includes two towns, Burgaw and St. Helena, which have minority African American populations sizeable enough have a chance of winning representation under a full representation system.