Voter’s Guide 2021: Carolina Beach City Council and Mayoral Candidates
CAROLINA BEACH – Over the past few months, Port City Daily has published one-on-one interviews with candidates so readers know where they stand on local issues facing the greater Cape Fear area.
Most of the Carolina Beach city council candidates responded to PCD’s request to address topics of interest, from stormwater flooding to development practices and the city’s parking policy, among other topics. Below, readers will find all of the interviews in one place to refer before going to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.
The Carolina Beach City Council election in 2021 will have two open seats: JoDan Garza and Steve Shuttleworth are not running for re-election.
Mayor Leanne Pierce will not seek re-election (instead, she will run for the New Hanover County Council of Commissioners in 2022). In the race for mayor, current BC city councilor Lynn Barbee faces former city council member and mayor Dan Wilcox.
Municipal elections are non-partisan, and although they traditionally generate less interest than even-numbered election years, these elections can have more impact on immediate and local decisions made in one’s home region. The last municipal election in 2019 reported 19.22% (18,292 out of 95,154) of voters voting in New Hanover County. In Carolina Beach, 1,904 people voted for mayor, while 3,518 voted for council.
Early voting ends on Saturday, October 30. There is no voter ID requirement in the 2021 election, but before heading to the polls on Tuesday, readers should go through the voter checklist to:
- Find out if you are registered to vote at your current address.
- Find out if voter registration is inactive or out of date. Only registered voters can vote on November 2, and voter registration is allowed up to 25 days before an election. Early voting allows everyone to vote, regardless of registration.
- Check out a sample ballot ahead of time (after you’ve researched and found your name, scroll halfway down to your sample ballot).
Other questions and answers can be found on the NC State Board of Elections page.
Port City Daily ditched the paywall on the interviews below to help voters make informed decisions ahead of the 2021 election year. Nonetheless, we appreciate your support for local and independent journalism, which you can access through a monthly subscription. Sign up for Port City Daily’s free newsletter, Wilmington Wire, here to get the daily headlines delivered to your inbox each morning.
All candidate responses are printed in full and corrected only for grammatical and spelling errors.
Dan Wilcox did not respond to Port City Daily’s numerous requests to respond to the questionnaire.
Carolina Beach City Council Candidates
Joe Benson did not respond to Port City Daily’s numerous requests to respond to the questionnaire.
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