Judging by the results at the polls, Brunswick County voters were ready for some new faces. Three incumbent mayors were edged out by new political challengers. The mayor-elects won by a good number of votes.
Oak Island mayor-elect Betty Wallace said her golf cart helped win her votes.
“I wanted them to cast their vote because they liked what they heard from me,” said Wallace. “I wanted them to know who I was and what I stood for. And that little golf cart worked wonderfully.”
The voters spoke on Oak Island. Wallace beat incumbent mayor Johnie Vereen.
“The people here on the island want an administration that is going to let them know exactly what they’re doing, when they’re doing it, and how they plan to do it,” added Wallace.
This mayoral election was an upset for Johnie Vereen. He has been the mayor of Oak Island since 2005. Not only did he lose to a new political challenger, but he lost by more than 300 votes.
The local government was also shaken up next door in Southport. Mayoral challenger Robert Howard beat out incumbent Sandy Spencer by a little less than 300 votes.
Marion Martin of Southport said, “The ones that lost are good people too. One is a leader of one thing, and the other is a leader of another thing.”
Continuing down Highway 133 in Boiling Spring Lakes, the former police chief is now the mayor. Richard White beat reigning Mayor Marty Kesmodel by a couple hundred votes.
While some of the losing candidates told us now is a good time to take on new things, like retirement, the winners are enjoying their triumph.
One Brunswick County town did re-elect their incumbent mayor. Walter Futch is the mayor of Leland once again.
Two council candidates are still waiting on their results. It is a tie between Martha Currie, and Roy Lettieri. The town will re-count their votes, and if they are still tied by Tuesday’s canvass, they will make a decision on how to settle the vote then.
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