CoastLine Candidate Forums: Carolina Beach Mayor

Oct 21, 2015

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.