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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.

Leland Council Candidates on the Future of Town's Water Supply

Leland residents get their water through H2GO, an independent governmental entity separate from Brunswick County’s Public Utility – which sells water to H2GO.  And now H2GO is deciding whether to build its own reverse osmosis plant. 

While water authority officials study the question, a citizen-led group, Stop H2GO, has sprung up in opposition to that project -- creating a StopH2GO website and putting forth two candidates for H2GO's Board of Commissioners.  

Yesterday, the five people vying for seats on Leland’s Town Council weighed in on the future of the Town's water supply.  

Brenda Bozeman said she's willing to lose friendships in order to do the right thing; Glenn Thearling said he's eager to hear the outcome of study in December.  But neither candidate for Mayor actually took a position for or against H2GO's potential construction of an R.O. plant. 

Council candidates were more outspoken.  Michael Callahan said he’s spoken with the two opposition candidates for the H2GO Board. 

"I do feel that we do not need another level of water distribution in [the] northern part of the County.  Brunswick County, from what I understand, has plenty of capacity to meet the needs of folks in the community.  And, in fact, it’s been rated #1 in the state for three years in a row. "

Bob Campbell said that as the County’s Accounting Manager for Health and Human Services, he sees value in consolidation.

"I see the H2GO project as another duplication of efforts to supply water in conjunction with the Town of Leland and with the County.  And I think we could consider a cost savings by not having that third party."

But incumbent Jane Crowder sits firmly on the other side of that argument. 

"One of these days, the Cape Fear River could possibly no longer be there.  It could dry up.  It could get contaminated or it could be contaminated.  And I feel like the people that are on the H2GO Board live in the area and they are doing what is best for the citizens and the residents of Leland and the surrounding areas."

Jane Crowder is married to John Crowder, Chair of H2GO’s Board of Commissioners.

To listen to the complete forum featuring Leland Mayor and Town Council Candidates, follow this link:


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.