Editorial: Candidates Signed Up! Let The Campaigns Begin!

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 22 July 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Every election year the Island Gazette sends candidates seeking election as Mayor or Council member a questionnaire.
This election season we are expanding that tradition from one questionnaire to multiple ones. Additionally, interviews will be published for each candidate covering a broad range of community issues.
The first set of questions will be general in nature allowing each candidate to elaborate on their campaign platform.
The answers will be published separately for each municipality.
What issues concern you? The Island Gazette would love to hear from readers in letters - or anonymously - about the issues they are most concerned with during the upcoming election season.
Feel free to send us your opinions so we can investigate and pose questions to candidates. You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-458-8156.
There are a lot of important issues to be discussed when assessing each candidate’s platform.
This election season will be interesting because of the wide range of people and their individual experiences and backgrounds. Carolina Beach has nine people running for two Council seats. There are some familiar faces and some newcomers to the political arena.
The race for Mayor in Carolina Beach is a once again between former Mayor Bob Lewis and current Mayor Dan Wilcox.
Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth is seeking reelection while his fellow council member Emilie Swearingen has her eyes on the Mayor's seat.
There are many issues confronting candidates throughout New Hanover County such as infrastructure, property taxes, transportation, bike paths, beach nourishment, inlet maintenance, off shore drilling for oil and gas, and other important issues that voters will be looking to candidates for answers and leadership.

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