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CAPE FEAR MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Updates, resources, and context
WHQR is your source for the 2015 Municipal Elections in the Cape Fear Region. We are bringing you the CoastLine Candidate Forums live from the MC Erny Gallery each Wednesday at noon from September 16th to October 28th as well as candidate profiles and general election coverage.Here's how you can participate:1. Be part of the live studio audience. Arrive at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery between 11:30 AM and 11:55 AM on the Wednesday of your municipality's race so you can settle before our hard start time of noon.As part of the audience, you'll have the opportunity to ask a question of the candidates.2. Send your question at any time to coastline@whqr.org. Just make sure it fits these basic guidelines: It's applicable to all the candidates in that race.It's in the form of a question.It fits within a 30-second time frame.We reserve the right to edit questions for broadcast standards and brevity.3. Tweet us during the live broadcast (12-1PM on Wednesdays) at coastlinehqr or email us during the broadcast at coastline@whqr.org.4. Stream the live radio signal from your computer. Just click the "Listen Live" button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. It’s your town. Make your voice heard. THE 2015 COASTLINE CANDIDATE FORUM SCHEDULE:September 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Kure Beach Mayor & Town CouncilSeptember 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Oak Island MayorSeptember 30, 12:00pm-2:00pm — Oak Island Town CouncilOctober 7, 12:00pm-2:00pm — Wilmington City CouncilOctober 14, 12:00pm-2:00pm — Carolina Beach Town CouncilOctober 21, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Carolina Beach MayorOctober 28, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Leland Mayor & Town CouncilVoter Information:For more information about the 2015 election, voter registration, and polling places in your area visit the Board of Elections website for New Hanover County & Brunswick County.

CoastLine Candidate Forums: Carolina Beach Town Council

The CoastLine Candidate Forum featuring Carolina Beach Town Council aired live on Wednesday, October 14th from 12-2 PM.  We allotted two hours because it's a sizable race – seven candidates competing for two open seats – and we wanted to cover a comprehensive range of issues. 

This race began with nine candidates, but two have since dropped out.  Steve Wright told us a family situation would require more flexibility; Sarah Friede, one of two incumbents, told the Island Gazette that she plans to devote more time to her family and a new career opportunity.  Carolina Beach voters, however, will find all nine names on the ballot.    

The Town of Carolina Beach is governed by a Council consisting of a Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem and three other Council members.  Elections are held every two years.  The Mayor serves a two-year term; Council members serve staggered four-year terms. 

Carolina Beach Town Council candidates in alphabetical order: 

Six of the seven candidates participated in the forum.  T.D. Scaringi told us Tuesday night that he is out of town on a job. 

Patrick O. Boykin has a BS in Computer Science from NC State University and an MBA from Duke University.  He was a consultant and systems engineer at IBM for over 21 years.  After an early retirement from IBM, he worked as a North Carolina certified general real estate appraiser in Wake County for 8 years.  Upon full retirement, he left Raleigh and moved to Carolina Beach.  He is a member of the Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church and a divorced father with two grown sons and one grandson.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, walking on the beach, reading, and yard work.

Tom Bridges was an educator in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for thirty years, serving as a school psychologist for 7 years and as a principal for 23 years.  Since retiring, he has served on Carolina Beach’s Planning and Zoning Commission, the Freeman Park Committee, the Police Advisory Committee and the Board of Adjustments. He has also worked as a general volunteer, nest parent, and sea turtle patrol for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project. He is actively involved at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, serving on the personnel committee and singing in the choir. He is married with two married children and one granddaughter.

Tom Elicson is a nuclear engineer at ERIN Engineering, a Jensen Hughes Company.  He has served in the commercial nuclear industry providing safety and simulation services for over 25 years.  He is a member of the Island Men’s charity organization and currently serves on the Town of Carolina Beach Operations Advisory Committee.  Before his time in Carolina Beach, he served as a City Council Member in Hudson, Ohio where he co-founded the Hudson Economic Growth Board.  He is married and has one daughter.   

Tammy Hanson has been a resident of Carolina Beach for over 19 years raising a family and growing a family business.  A married mother of two, she has a granddaughter and grandson.  In her spare time, Tammy has served as a volunteer coordinator for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project and on the Land Use Plan Committee.  She is currently serving her 3rd year on the Planning and Zoning Commission.   

Lonnie Lashley is a Navy Veteran who served his country for 4 years. He has been retired 21 years after working over 28 years for the US Army. He was a member of the Carolina Beach Town Council from 2009-2012 and is currently serving his seventh year on the Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation Committee.  He says he’s served as a volunteer in some capacity since moving to Carolina Beach thirteen years ago.

T.D. Scaringi is a graduate of Temple University and has worked in Hollywood as a Grip for more than 37 years with screen credits on over 40 films.  He moved to Carolina Beach three years ago to work on We Are The Millers and other movies shot in Wilmington.  He is a member of Federal Point Historic Preservation Society, has been married for over 26 years and has two sons.

Steve Shuttleworth, an incumbent, is a land developer and real estate broker. He is married and has five children. He is active in the community as a board member of the Island Montessori Charter School, a member of the New Hanover County Ports Beaches and Waterway commission, a member of the Carolina Beach Inlet Association, the Island Men, and Life Point Church.

The One-Stop Absentee period for the 2015 Municipal Elections begins October 22nd and is open through October 31st.   Election Day is November 3rd!

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.