Candidates for Leland Council & Mayoral Seat Identify Biggest Challenge for Town
This coming Tuesday, Leland citizens will cast their votes for the municipal election. Three candidates are vying for two open seats on Town Council, and Glen Thearling is challenging incumbent Brenda Bozeman for the mayoral seat. During this week’s CoastLine Forum, the candidates focused on addressing issues stemming from the town’s rapid growth.
The U.S. Census Bureau lists Brunswick as one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina and the nation. For most of the candidates for Leland’s Town Council and Mayoral seat, the biggest challenge is keeping up with that population increase. Mayoral candidate Glen Thearling says the town needs to consolidate funds and bring a balance between Leland’s neighborhoods so that older developments meet current standards. Incumbent Brenda Bozeman says she’s working with the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization to address traffic issues. Town Council candidate Bob Campbell says it’s important to provide services for new citizens without raising taxes. Here’s incumbent Jane Crowder:
BITE: I think the connectivity between the housing areas, I think is very important. I think also for the fire and rescue to be able to get from one point to another in a reasonable length of time. I think affordable housing is something that we need to really look at in Leland to try to get people to come to us. (24)
Michael Callahan says his goal is to reach out to those in the margins:
BITE: Brunswick County, which would include Leland, has a poverty problem for adults, we’re at about 20%. For children, it’s about 25%, and I think we have to address that. I’ve worked with a couple of local initiatives—Manna Ministries and Matthew’s Ministries—to try to reach folks that need help. These are temporary initiatives and we need some more long term solutions. (29)
Election Day is November 3rd.