Democratic Brunswick Board of Commission Candidates Oppose Holden Beach Deal, Offshore Drilling

Nov 7, 2016

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has three of its five districts in play this year; however all county residents vote for all the districts.   Three Democrats are hoping to win seats on what is currently an all-Republican Board in a very red county.

William Flythe is a retired chemist who worked for two decades at Pfizer / ADM before retiring to Brunswick County and teaching high school and college chemistry.  After serving on the county’s planning board for one term, Flythe says he wants a seat on the commission because he witnessed a series of poor decisions made by the current board.

"First, they paid twice the tax value for a parcel of land in Holden Beach that would be used for a nature park -- $3.5 million vs. $1.7 million of tax value on the books.  Secondly, they voted not once, but twice in support of a resolution for seismic testing and offshore drilling for oil and gas."

Flythe says he’s also concerned about the more than $10 million of delinquent tax payments on the books. 

Fellow Democrat Wes Hickman says he’s also bothered by the Holden Beach land purchase and the offshore drilling support. 

"Well, first I wouldn’t be passing worthless resolutions like the current commission did that supported offshore drilling.  I wouldn’t be focusing on those kind of things.  I would make the opposite statement and then let it go and move forward.  Things I would like to see are development of offshore fishing reefs – things like that.  We could possibly purchase old boats, old train cars and sink them off the coast to develop natural fishing areas."

Brenda Faye McMillian, the third Democrat seeking a seat on the county board, says her time working for the Department of Social Services gives her a clear focus on the needs of seniors and people who are disabled. 

"I realized there was a disconnect in what was needed for seniors and disabled adults and what was actually available in Brunswick County."

Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM.