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Carolina Beach Candidates Answer Questions During October 3rd Forum

Candidates seeking election in Carolina Beach for Council and the Mayor's seat attended a candidates forum Tuesday night October 3rd at the Marriott Hotel. The event was organized by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will also hold a forum for Kure Beach candidates on Wednesday October 4th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. at the Kure Beach Community Center.  (Photo: Paul Boroznoff at www.southerndigitalart.com) Candidates seeking election in Carolina Beach for Council and the Mayor's seat attended a candidates forum Tuesday night October 3rd at the Marriott Hotel. The event was organized by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will also hold a forum for Kure Beach candidates on Wednesday October 4th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. at the Kure Beach Community Center. (Photo: Paul Boroznoff at www.southerndigitalart.com)

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce hosted a Visions and Views Candidates Forum on Tuesday October 3rd at the Marriott Hotel in Carolina Beach to give candidates for Mayor and Council an opportunity to meet the voting public and answer questions on a range of topics.
The candidates for Mayor and Council in Carolina Beach are:
Mayor:
Dan Wilcox (incumbent)
Joe Benson
Council: (2 seats)
Gary Doetsch (incumbent)
Sarah Friede
JoDan Garza
Tammy Hanson
Leann Pierce (incumbent)
Gary M. Toppin

Candidates were questioned on topics including seismic testing for offshore oil and gas drilling, a shortage of available public parking, traffic congestion due to increased growth in New Hanover County, an alternate source of drinking water and whether or not candidates have any conflict between their personal business and voting on issues that may come before Council.
Candidates also addressed issues such as the future of beach nourishment projects and the availability of federal funding.
The Chamber of Commerce will hold another forum for Kure Beach candidates on October 4th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Kure Beach Community Center at 118 N. 3rd St.
The candidates are:
Kure Beach:
Mayor:
Craig Bloszinsky (currently serving as Councilman)
Chris Hald
Council: (2 seats)
Delorse Coe
Jerry Dockery
John Ellen
Lisa Lowery
Allen Oliver
Emilie Swearingen (currently serving as Mayor)
A link to a video for the Carolina Beach Forum is available on the Island Gazette  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheIslandGazette
A link to a recording of the Kure Beach Forum will be available on www.islandgazette.net at a later date.