Leland is a hub of growth and development in Brunswick County, the fastest growing county in the state. The election for mayor next month could go a long way to shaping the town’s future.
For challengers Bob Boynton and Frank Bullara, the race for Leland mayor is about the future.
“I think a lot of people want to be more progressive and get things done,” Boynton said.
Each man is a native New Yorker. Boynton moved to Leland last year after ten years in New Hanover County and many years in Florida before that.
Bullara came to Leland four years ago after falling in love with the town during a vacation at Magnolia Greens. He and his wife opened Bugsy’s Cigars last year and, he says, got active in the community. “The golf tournament for the police department, the Cape Fear Italian Festival to benefit the community; to bring people into the community.”
Bullara says a big issue facing Leland is a battle over control of the town’s water. He says the solution is better communication. “Let’s sit down at the table and come up with a common thread that we can move forward with that benefits Leland.”
Boynton wants to improve the town’s infrastructure, connecting communities along Highway 133 to US 17 with help from the Cape Fear skyway project. “It’s 10 years off, but we want to move ahead with it, and the anticipation of the skyway in place will help the neighborhoods, help the construction of the roads.”
Bullara and Boynton are challenging incumbent Mayor Walter Futch, who declined an interview for this story, saying, ‘I don’t really need it, and I have other things going on.’
That has his two opponents questioning his commitment to the election and the job.
“He’s either not interested in staying mayor, or he thinks this is a done deal, and he’s got it in the bag and it’s a done deal and he don’t even have to go,” Bullara said.
Boyton added, “One thing he said at the VFW was his best qualification for being mayor was that he was the mayor, and I couldn’t really see where that said anything.”
Voters will say everything when they head to the polls November third. But you don’t have to wait until November third; early voting continues through Saturday at the County Board of Elections Office.
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