- Published on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:58
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The filing period for municipal office in New Hanover County begins July 5th and ends July 19th.
Both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach will each have two council seats and the office of Mayor open for election. We called upon various members of the community to inquire about their intentions to seek office in both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.
Not everyone on the list could be contacted by press time, but here are the ones that confirmed their choice to seek office.
In Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis' seat is up for election. Councilmember’s Jody Smith and Tom Bridges seats are also up for election.
In Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth's seat is up for election. Councilmember’s Steve Pagley and Chuck Keener's seats are also up for election.
In Carolina Beach, Mayor Bob Lewis confirmed he will be seeking election as Mayor.
Lewis is currently serving as Mayor after being appointed to fill a vacancy left by former Mayor Ray Rothrock who resigned earlier this year. Prior to that appointment, Lewis was serving as a Council member.
Lewis said Tuesday that he recently put together a campaign committee and will complete paper work next Monday. He said top issues he wants to work on are the upcoming water and sewer project to replace aging lines throughout the residential areas, improvements at the Boardwalk and working with the new Town Manager on additional capital improvement plans.
Mike Worley, a resident and bail bondsman who also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, said he will file for election to a Town Council seat.
Former long time mayor and councilman Dennis Barbour said he's had people ask him to seek office but will not run this time. Currently he's focused on working with elected leaders in New Hanover County and at the State level to secure funding for future dredging projects to keep the Carolina Beach Inlet open. He says the inlet is a vital key component in our local tourism based economy. That effort combined with focusing on his business, Island Tackle and Hardware, keeps Dennis quite busy.
Former Councilman Alan Gilbert said he's not running for Council this time. His work schedule is very busy.
Former long time Council member Pat Efird said right now she has no plans to seek office in November. Efird said she's received many calls from residents urging her to run for office, but she's enjoying her new home and spending time with family.
Jody Smith currently serves on the Council after being appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this year. Smith said she will be seeking election to Council.
Councilman Tom Bridges was also appointed to Council earlier this year to fill a vacancy. He said Monday night he will seek election to Council.
Former Councilman Lonnie Lashley resigned earlier this year leaving one of the vacant seats filled by Tom Bridges and Jody Smith.
Lashley said Monday night he is 90% sure he will not seek election to Council this time around unless more people encourage him to do so.
Former Mayor Ray Rothrock resigned his seat earlier this year and said Tuesday he will not file for election this year.
Former Councilman Gary Doetsch served on the Council for a number of years and said he's seriously considering filing for Town Council. He said he’d think hard about the decision over the coming weekend because serving in that position is a big commitment that shouldn't be taken lightly. He said it's more than just showing up for meetings a couple of times a month. It requires active involvement in committees, traveling and working hard on important projects such as improving water and sewer infrastructure and working to maintain beach nourishment and inlet dredging funding.
Leann Pierce currently serves on the Town's Planning and Zoning Commission. She also owns Drifter's Reef Hotel on Lake Park Blvd and New Orleans Snowballs on the Boardwalk. She's also a broker and realtor at Blue Water Realty.
Pierce said she's going to file for a Town Council seat. She said, "I want to be someone the people will feel comfortable communicating with freely and with confidence and see both sides of the issues facing the Town."
Pierce said her focus is on efficient open government and quality of life for citizens. She's lived in Carolina Beach for 23 years and wants to serve citizens by ensuring a positive future for the Town.
Former Councilman Dan Wilcox said he's not ready to make an official announcement at this time and is seriously considering a campaign for the Mayor's seat.
In Kure Beach, Mayor Dean Lambeth said he will seek reelection. He said, "I was asked to run for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, but I have a few more things I'd like to get accomplished on Council."
Lambeth said he wants to get a project to remove dangerous intake pipe structures removed from the beach and to see power lines put underground in the B-1 Business District.
He said, "I already have people wanting to donate to my campaign."
Councilman Chuck Keener said he's not seeking reelection to Council. He said, "I'm retiring after volunteering almost 12 years since I moved here in 2002." Keener said it's a big commitment to the citizens and he's going to focus more on family and retirement.
Keener has served on a number of committees and on the Council over the years.
If you're planning on running for election to a Town Council or Mayor's seat in November, according to the New Hanover County Board of Elections candidate filing for the 2013 Municipal Election begins at noon on July 5th, 2013 and ends at noon on July 19th, in the office of the Board of Elections.
That office is located at 230 Government Center Drive. Call (910) 798-7330.
To learn more, visit www.nhcgov.com