2019 Elections


Click here for voting information on polling places, voter registration, and more. 

To meet the people who want to represent you, click on the “live” links below for one-on-one interviews with candidates and our HQR news staff. Posted interviews are longer versions--averaging 10 minutes--of our on-air election coverage.  New interviews are posted weekly and all candidate interviews will be posted by October 22nd. 

For CoastLIne interviews, click on “live” links below, subscribe to our CoastLine podcast on iTunes, or Search WHQR-FM: CoastLine to hear our most recent shows.

Altogether, our continuing coverage will include almost 60 interviews and over 10 hours of conversation.

HQR News 91.3 FM...For complete Election 2019 News and Coverage.

Municipal Election Results:

One-on-one Candidate Interviews:

Wilmington City Council (3 open seats)

Town of Carolina Beach Council (2 open seats)

Town of Leland Council (2 open seats)

Town of Surf City Mayor

Town of Surf City Council (3 open seats)

Town of Wrightsville Beach - Mayor

Town of Oak Island Council (3 open seats)

City of Southport Board of Alderman Ward 1 (1 open seat)

  • Tom Lombardi
  • David Miller
  • Robert Tucker, not actively pursuing candidacy

City of Southport Board of Alderman Ward 2 (2 open seats)

CoastLine Coverage:

City of Wilmington - Mayor 

Town of Carolina Beach - Mayor

Town of Leland - Mayor

  • Brenda Bozeman
  • Shirley A. Lawler, After filing to run for Mayor, she initially told us she’d participate in the CoastLine Candidate Interviews.  But multiple attempts by WHQR to confirm her interview have gone unanswered.

Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO Commissioner (2 open seats)

City of Southport - Mayor

Other Election Coverage:

New Hanover County Early Voting Numbers Up 51% from 2017

NC 9th District Race Highlights Challenges for Republicans In 2020

*Editor's Note: We have invited all candidates to attend the CoastLine Candidate and reporter interviews. Any additional inquiries of Election 2019 can be sent to rkeith@whqr.org.

Harry Smith Jr. is running for the first time for Wilmington City Council. After watching this year’s short-term rental housing debate, he decided to get involved.  He’s not a fan of how the city gets things done.

Wilmington City Council Candidate Mack Coyle is a newcomer to the race. Also new? His ideas. The small business owner installs mobile solar generators, and wants to convert all electricity in city buildings to solar and wind power, and all municipal vehicles to electric. But he has other priorities, too.

Carolina Beach is the largest of the three beach towns in New Hanover County.  At a population of about 6,300, it’s around three times the size of the county’s next largest, Wrightsville Beach and 95% white, according to the U.S. Census.  Median household income is $62,000 a year – higher than nearby Wilmington. 

Wilmington sales executive Neil Anderson is hoping to win his third term on City Council. He serves on the Transportation Committee and says a key to the continued development of the region will depend on rail and port improvements, and work along the Route 421 Corridor. 

Wilmington City Council Member Paul Lawler is running to win a second term. One of his priorities:  how the City can recruit more high-paying jobs to the area. And he’d like to see public transportation in the region improve and grow. 

Wilmington Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Haynes hopes to win a third term on City Council.  While she admits a love-hate affair with public service, overall, she is proud of her contributions.