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Brunswick County’s Cooke faces challenge from former Forsyth commissioner Holleman

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men are campaigning hard for one open seat on the Brunswick County Commission.

Incumbent Republican Marty Cooke is faces a challenge for his District 2 seat from Democrat John Holleman, who has his own county commission experience.

As the incumbent in a mostly Republican county, Cooke says his tenure proves he still has what it takes to continue to make Brunswick County a better place.

“I want to continue that effort,” Cooke said. “I try to be as vigilant as I can regarding the issues that take place and be as responsive as I can to the citizens of this county.”

But Holleman says it’s time for “out with the old, and in with the new.” The teacher and former Forsyth County Commissioner says Brunswick County needs change.

“I see our teachers leaving and going to Horry County. I see our job market stagnant, and I think we ought to be producing jobs not losing them,” Holleman said.

They are Issues Cooke says he’s been working hard on to solve.

“I’ve tried to learn the issues and tried to understand the dynamics of the issues but also how we can make it better,” Cooke said.

That effort is not good enough for Holleman. He wants to produce results.

“The difference is I have,” Holleman said. “He hasn’t.”

Back and forth between the candidates aside, each says he has a distinct plan. Cooke hopes to bring Brunswick County insurance fees down and work on repairing infrastructure. Holleman wants the focus on retaining teachers and creating jobs.

Now it’s up to the voters to decide what they want.

There will be one new face on the commission. Chairman Phil Norris is not seeking reelection. Republican Randy Thompson, Brunswick County’s former Emergency Services Director, is running unopposed for his District 1 seat.


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