Jeremy Shugarts is a member of Surf City’s Town Council with two years left in his term. But he’s running for mayor this year, partly, he says, because the Mayor controls the agenda.
Shugarts agrees with Surf City’s current strategy of keeping zoning ordinances strict on the beach while letting commercial development blossom on the mainland. But, he says, local government isn’t listening as well as it should to constituents. One way to solve that: create more citizen advisory committees – in addition to the existing six.