Carolina Beach

Town of Kure Beach

Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox will keep his seat for another term.  Challenger Bob Lewis lost to Wilcox by 276 votes.  On the Town Council, incumbent Steve Shuttleworth also kept his seat and won the most votes of all seven candidates competing for two seats.  Tom Bridges won the second open seat by a wide margin.  The third-place vote-getter, Tammy Hanson, came in a distant third – losing to Bridges by 319 votes.  That’s a percentage difference of almost 12 points.

Isabelle Shepherd

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:

This week, Carolina Beach re-submitted a proposal to extend the north end of the town’s boardwalk to Pelican Lane.  At the most recent CoastLine Forum, the candidates for Carolina Beach Town Council weighed in on the proposal. 

Carolina Beach’s new mayor is confirmed. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly witnessed this morning’s Board of Elections recount, which solidified the victory of Dan Wilcox over incumbent Bob Lewis.

Courtesy City of Wilmington

The only Mayoral contest in New Hanover County was in Carolina Beach – where newcomer Dan Wilcox ousted incumbent Bob Lewis by just five votes. 

LeAnn Pierce, owner of a small hotel in Carolina Beach, won the most votes and will join the re-elected Gary Doetch on Town Council.

In Kure Beach, Dean Lambeth, who ran unopposed for Mayor kept his seat.  And the two council candidates – Craig Blozsinsky and Steve Pagley - won the two open seats on Kure Beach Town Council.

Town of Carolina Beach

With federal dollars scarcer than ever, beach town leaders are looking for new and creative ways to fund beach renourishment projects. 

Representative Susi Hamilton

North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, is now stepping away from her recently-accepted position as Carolina Beach’s Town Manager. 

A newly-uncovered state statute means Hamilton cannot hold both her seat in the General Assembly and the full-time job as Carolina Beach Town Manager.  Hamilton says she acted on good faith accepting the position – fully expecting to serve both the municipality and District 18.  But what Hamilton calls an “obscure” state law requires her to resign from her seat in the state House if she serves as town manager in a municipality with more than 3-thousand people.

Hamilton says this new information changes her decision.   And because of the November election,  there’s a great deal more that she says she expects to do on behalf of her constituency – which is made up of parts of New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.  Battles involving women, minorities, children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and teachers are fights that Hamilton says she will continue to fight. 


North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, has accepted a new, full-time position. 

Three Resign from Carolina Beach Government

Nov 19, 2012

Three Carolina Beach officials resigned last night during a regularly-scheduled town council meeting. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the resignations started with Town Manager Tim Owens.

Immediately following Owens’s resignation, Councilmember Lonnie Lashley resigned.  Then Mayor Ray Rothrock stepped down.  Rothrock says even if he stayed on council, his one vote would be futile with the three remaining members.


Carolina Beach is getting a new fire chief while the hiring process for a new head of town police continues.

With municipal elections less than a week away, WHQR News is talking to mayoral candidates, including former Carolina Beach Mayor Ray Rothrock, who is returning to the ballot, as well as current council members Dan Wilcox and Pat Efird.