For the First Time in Island Gazette History, No Incumbents will Run for Re-Election in Carolina Beach

For the First Time in Island Gazette History, No Incumbents will Run for Re-Election in Carolina Beach

For the First Time in Island Gazette History, No Incumbents will Run for Re-Election in Carolina Beach Featured

By / Local News / Friday, 02 July 2021 15:28

Editors Note: Since the article was published Scott Seifer will not run for election** July 1st is the filing period for the municipal elections are officially on and all 3 Carolina Beach Town Council incumbents will not re-seek election. Mayor Leann Pierce made her official announcement yesterday via prerecorded video from her social media page. Mayor Pierce stated “after much thought and consideration I have decided I will not seek reelection for Mayor but instead in December when my time is up I will file to run for New Hanover County Commissioner. Representing the citizens and helping people have been my way of giving back to the community and I can help a lot more people of the county level. I will bring the experience of a life long small business owner, the unique understanding of our county beaches and the tried and proven leadership having served as a Mayor in New Hanover County to the Board. I will continue to support you and I thank you for continuing to support me as you always have as your next New Hanover County Commissioner, thank you.” JoDann Garza had hinted around the last Town Council meeting stating, there will be 3 people up here then later on his personal Facebook page announced he and his wife were ready to start a family, “I truly want to thank you for your support these past 4 years. It has been one awesome journey!! I really dig our community and residents. We are an awesome unique bunch of amazing people that I feel will continue to do great things with our island. Though I will no longer be on Council, I will try my best to continue to volunteer and join a committee or two (for the knowledge I have obtained, will hopefully be useful). Thank you for understanding and supporting me through the years.” Councilmen Shuttleworth also announced he would not be running for re-election again. Shuttleworth stated, he had served the Island for two and a half terms now and was ready to step down. He stated he is very proud of the many positive changes during his time on council including the rebuilding of the Boardwalk, extension grants, positive changes to Freeman Park, infrastructure bond, the Island Greenway and more but admitted there were still a few things he would have like to see completed before he’s gone. Shuttleworth finished with, “it has been an honor and pleasure to serve this community.” Later Tuesday evening Councilman Lynn Barbee made his announcement to run for Carolina Beach Mayor. Councilman Barbee had this to say; “Almost two years ago I began my effort to represent you on our town council. With your support and with help from Mayor Pierce and my fellow council mates we are making progress. We have a stable town hall with Bruce Oakley at the helm. We have improved transparency and communication. We have weathered the COVID storm. We have passed a budget that gets us back on track with many of our maintenance items that we had to put on a back burner during the uncertainty of COVID. While we have momentum on our side, we are far from the objectives I set out to achieve two years ago. There is lots of work to be done. As you know, Councilman Garza and Mayor Pierce have announced that they will not seek re-election this fall. Today I am announcing my intent to enter the race for Mayor of Carolina Beach. We need experienced leadership and if I'm completely honest, a couple of more years of mentorship from Mayor Pierce would have been a luxury. This is now a luxury we don't have. However, I am confident that I can lead our town, I have developed a strong relationship with our Town Manager and staff. A relationship based on mutual respect, trust, accountability and a shared vision for our future. It's very early in this process, but I'm going to start here today by asking you for your support in this endeavor.” Last month Mike Hoffer, Debra LeCompte and Scott Seifer all announced they would be throwing their names in for Carolina Beach Town Council. Hoffer posted this from his website: “ I've been in CB since 2003. I know the town, the people and the issues. My vision is for a Carolina Beach focused more on the sun and the sea than it is on restaurants and rides... a town where bikes and pedestrians are as important as cars and trucks... a town that is healthy, environmentally sound and sustainable. The traffic and the crowds are getting insane. We must focus on alternative transportation or we'll find ourselves in gridlock. Let's encourage people to get out of their cars and onto their feet, their bikes (and yes, their golf carts too.) This will result in a safer town, easier access to our businesses and a more peaceful environment. Carolina Beach needs to calm down. Therefore, I will not support policies that make things crazy, crowded or complicated. I will gladly support policies that make things sane, serene and simple. Ultimately these decisions will result in a town that is easier to manage and fiscally sound. Our community should be an absolute paradise for outdoor recreation and I will see that it happens. Let's make our town beautiful, safe, and convenient for bikers, hikers, walkers and rollers. We can do this!” In on June 1st Debra Lecompte announced her running and shared this, “I am excited to announce my intent to run for Carolina Beach Town Council this November. I have never been one to shy away from speaking out and speaking up for what I believe is right and have put my leadership and passion to work while serving my friends and neighbors on various town committees. I have a proven record of rolling up my sleeves and doing the work necessary to succeed. I want to ensure that Carolina Beach is a great place to raise a family for generations to come. I will spend the next couple of months doing what I do....listening and researching. I ask that you like and share my page Deb LeCompte for Carolina Beach Town Council.” In May Scott Seifer shared he would be running for town council stating the following, “After much thought and discussion with family and friends, I’m pleased and honored to announce my intention to run for Carolina Beach Town Council in November’s election. I think I can safely say that my love and passion for Carolina Beach is obvious to those who know me, and I am excited at the thought of representing the citizens, the businesses, and the town. First things first… this is not a popularity contest. I want you to hear my viewpoints, thoughts, and ideas about the future of the town to ensure that you feel I’m the right person to fill one of the two available council spots in this election. I got where I am in my professional life, as well as co-founding two small businesses with my wife by being strong, decisive and by researching, planning and having vision. At the same time, many of you know me as someone who loves to share a laugh or two while enjoying this amazing town we call home. Those of you who are familiar with me, either in person or thru my Facebook pages and posts, know that I am level-headed, inquisitive, honest, caring, helpful and always interested in what’s best for the folks in the town. Let’s be honest, I’m not going to magically have all the answers to questions or issues, but you can be 100% assured that I will research, learn, explore, discuss and tirelessly work to find answers and/or improve situations that arise. The key, in my mind, is communication… my availability to all of you and the ability to have civil conversations and discussions with residents as well as the other members of council. Council is a five-member group. Each member has unique perspectives, experiences, viewpoints, ideas and access to experts in various fields. We won’t all agree at times, but if we can simply agree to listen and thoroughly discuss the serious topics that must be tackled, we’ll be able to make the best decisions based on all of the information available. As the election approaches, I will be available at scheduled Meet and Greet events. You also know you can get in touch with any time, and I’d be happy to meet with anyone who would like to get together for a one-on-one discussion. I will be in ‘listen mode’ the majority of the time, learning about you, your neighborhood and your views of the town. While of course answering your questions about my viewpoints. I absolutely want to hear your ideas and what you’d like the future of Carolina Beach to look like. I look forward to speaking with you and earning your trust and your vote.” This is the very first time in Island Gazette history no incumbents have re-run for Carolina Beach Town Council. Time will tell if more names drop in the hat for both Carolina Beach Town Council and Mayors positions!

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