Editorial: Pleasure Island Chamber To Host Two Candidates Forums

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 25 September 2019 18:20

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in association with the Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach cordially invite the public to attend two non-partisan forums with the candidates for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach municipal offices.
The Carolina Beach Forum will be held Monday September 30th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Courtyard Marriott on Charlotte Avenue.
Willard Killough of the Island Gazette, Michael Praats from Port City Daily and a representative of WWAY TV3 will serve as moderators of the event.
The Kure Beach Forum will be held Thursday October 3rd from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Kure Beach Community Center at 118 N. 3rd St. The public is invited to send questions and topics of discussion to be considered for inclusion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Questions should be written to be asked equally and fairly of all candidates.
Personal attacks and individual questions will not be considered.
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. There are some familiar faces and some newcomers to the political arena. There are many issues confronting candidates throughout New Hanover County such as infrastructure, property taxes, water and sewer rates, traffic congestion, opioid epidemic, beach nourishment, inlet maintenance, CAMA Land Use Plan, numerous zoning issues, parking, off shore drilling for oil and gas, and other important issues that voters will be looking to candidates for answers and leadership. Also, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a Public Forum Monday, September 30th ·    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriott - Carolina Beach - at 100 Charlotte Avenue   ·   Carolina Beach, NC. Another forum will be held for Kure Beach on October 3rd at the Kure Beach Town Hall - same time slot.
Our first questionnaires will be sent to candidates on October 2nd.
The following are the candidates:
Carolina Beach:
• Council member LeAnn Pierce, Town of Carolina Beach Mayor Candidate
• Dorrene Stanley, Town of Carolina Beach Mayor Candidate.
• Incumbent Steve Shuttleworth, Town of Carolina Beach Council Member Candidate.
• Lynn Barbee, Town of Carolina Beach Council Member Candidate
• Debi DeNatale, Town of Carolina Beach Council Member Candidate
• Jay Healey, Town of Carolina Beach Council Member Candidate
• T. D. Scaringi, Town of Carolina Beach Mayor Candidate
• Tom Elicson, Town of Carolina Beach Mayor Candidate
Kure Beach:
• Incumbent Mayor, Craig Bloszinsky, Town of Kure Beach Mayor Candidate
• Incumbent Joseph Whitley, Town of Kure Beach Council Member Candidate
• Incumbent David W. Heglar, Town of Kure Beach Council Member Candidate

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