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Brunswick County voters ready for new faces

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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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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videoJudging 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.

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Two new members join City Council, focus stays on city’s future

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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Ronald Sparks, Earl Sheridan, Kristi Tomey, Jim Quinn, and Margaret Haynes have two more meetings as the Wilmington City Council. Kevin O’Grady and Charlie Rivenbark will replace Quinn and Haynes come January.

“I don’t believe there will be any problem in respect to them coming onto council and picking up just where the others have left off,” Mayor Saffo said.

Sheridan was the lone incumbent re-elected Tuesday. He also expects a smooth transition for the council members elect.

“I know both people some, but that’s not the same as having worked with them,” Sheridan said. “I don’t think it will be a difficult thing.”

Fewer than 20 percent of the city’s registered voters cast a ballot in the election. Council member Ronald Sparks said with such a small turnout, the new council will face a challenge representing the entire city. “The people that ran were from divergent opinions, and I would hope to get a better sampling of the community.”

With the fate of the convention center hotel still up in the air and a new budget on the horizon, the new council may have to agree to disagree on several issues. But Sparks said that is a good thing.

He said, “I’m never looking for a group that agrees on everything, because if you agree on everything something is wrong.”

Council member Jim Quinn will not be at Wednesday night’s meeting. Earlier in the day he told WWAY he believes the city will be in good hands.

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videoRonald Sparks, Earl Sheridan, Kristi Tomey, Jim Quinn, and Margaret Haynes have two more meetings as the Wilmington City Council. Kevin O’Grady and Charlie Rivenbark will replace Quinn and Haynes come January.

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Roosting cormorants leave their mark on Wrightsville Beach

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The mass of avian guano has left sidewalks, streets, trees and parts of the drawbridge and concrete power poles stained white.

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Subdivision decides to seek Oak Island annexation

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Oak Island | In an emergency meeting, Oak Island moved forward Wednesday with plans to annex the Oakwood Glen subdivision on Long Beach Road, but this time with approval of the Oakwood Glen Property Owners Association.

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Despite hot issues, few in Wilmington bothered to show up at polls

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Fewer than one in five registered voters cast ballots in the Wilmington municipal elections Tuesday, a turnout that raises a big question: What does most of the city want?

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