The City of Southport saw all its incumbents thrown out. The same two mayoral candidates faced off for the third consecutive time – which turned out to be the charm for Challenger Joe Pat Hatem. He unseated Mayor Jerry Dove by a very large margin – taking 63% of the vote.
Southport has two wards – and there were contests for seats in both. In Ward 1, Robert Tucker lost his bid for re-election to Tom Lombardi. In Ward 2, Lowe Davis and John Allen beat out incumbents Jim Powell and Rick Pukenas --- who came in dead last in a field of six.
The Town of Oak Island elected a new mayor in Challenger Ken Thomas. But incumbent Cin Brochure, who served for two terms, lost by a thin margin – less than two-and-a-half points or just 65 votes.
Oak Island’s Town Council also had contests for the three open seats. All three incumbents – Jeff Winecoff, Sheila Mansfield Bell, and Charlie Blalock -- won new terms.
Some residents in the Lanvale Forest subdivision in Brunswick County faced a referendum on whether to approve annexation into the Town of Leland. The referendum passed – with 82% of voters saying they want to be in the Town of Leland.
The Town of Navassa boasts three districts, and the only contest was in District 1. Jerry Merrick will join Buzzie Hardy and Buddy Ballard on the Board of Commissioners.
In Belville, Mayor Mike Allen had no challenger and will serve another term.
Incumbent Morgan Mehler will serve another term as Belville Commissioner. He’s joined by Chuck Bost. David Long did not run again.
Bald Head Island, an affluent island community accessible only by boat with just a few hundred year-round residents, saw its Village Council gain two new members after the only incumbent who ran again, Kit Adcock, kept her seat. Michael Brown and Peter Quinn join her on the Board.
In the City of Boiling Spring Lakes, Mayor Craig Caster will serve another term. With two challengers, he still walked away with 42% of the vote.
On the Board of Commissioners, the one incumbent running lost to two challengers: Teagan Perry Hall and Tom Guzulaitis are the City’s newest Board members.
In Sunset Beach, voters ousted all the incumbents. Shannon “Hotdog” Phillips replaces sitting Mayor Paul Van Wormer. And Jamie Phillips and Tom Bormann replace the two incumbents on Town Council.