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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 Mayor

Isabelle Shepherd

Two candidates are running for the Mayoral seat in the Town of Carolina Beach.  On Wednesday, October 21st, WHQR broadcast a live candidate forum with both men. 

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. 

The two candidates, in alphabetical order:

Bob Lewis was a Corporate Executive in the software industry for over 25 years before retiring earlier this year.  He’s President of the Island Men and Chairman of the Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival.  He served on the town’s Planning and Zoning Committee before being elected to a four year term on town council in 2009.  He also served on the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority -- while serving on town council. In 2012, he was appointed Mayor of Carolina Beach to fulfill the term of Ray Rothrock.  He’s happily married and has four children and six grandchildren.    

Dan Wilcox, the incumbent, is a 25-year resident of Carolina Beach. During that time, he has served on Town Council as a council member and Mayor Pro Tem.  Prior to Council, he served as commissioner and chair of the Planning Commission, and on the Land Use Planning Committee and Land Use Plan Ad-Hoc Committee.  He’s also served on the New Hanover County Tourism and Development Authority; Ports, Waterway and Beach Commission and Carolina Beach Marketing Advisory Committee – among others.  As co-founder and chair of the Boardwalk Makeover Group (BMG), Dan Wilcox helped assemble a team of resident volunteers and stakeholders to restore the Central Business District and Boardwalk.

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 2 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.