In the Town of Oak Island, four people are hoping to be the next Mayor. The office comes with a two-year term; Town Council members serve staggered four-year terms and are elected every two years in non-partisan elections.
The Town of Oak Island, which is part of Brunswick County and sits mostly on a barrier island, is only sixteen years old. It was 1999 that Yaupon Beach and Long Beach merged to form Oak Island. The town boasts a year-round population of nearly 7,000 people – but that number can swell during the summer on a daily basis to around 45,000.