Rachel Lewis Hilburn

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence is known for his record as a conservative Republican and Tea Party supporter.  At a rally in Leland Wednesday afternoon, Pence explained his running mate’s sometimes-controversial off-the-cuff remarks. 

The Town of Leland saw a major upset on Election Day.  One polarizing issue --  how to plan for the Town’s future water supply – could have been a factor. 

Mayor Brenda Bozeman handily kept her seat winning 81% of the vote to challenger Glenn Thearling’s 19%.

Rachel Lewis Hilburn

A steady rain fell throughout the day in Brunswick County as a thin but constant stream of voters trickled through Belville Elementary School  -- picking leaders for Belville, Leland, and the Board of the local water authority, H2GO. 

Turnout is famously low when it’s only a municipal race on the ballot.  The Leland and Belville voters who braved the weather today generally didn’t have a lot to say about why they came out – but what they did say was pointed: 

Here’s Leland resident Bonnie Laserna:

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

This coming Tuesday, Leland citizens will cast their votes for the municipal election.  Three candidates are vying for two open seats on Town Council, and Glen Thearling is challenging incumbent Brenda Bozeman for the mayoral seat. During this week’s CoastLine Forum, the candidates focused on addressing issues stemming from the town’s rapid growth.

Leland residents get their water through H2GO, an independent governmental entity separate from Brunswick County’s Public Utility – which sells water to H2GO.  And now H2GO is deciding whether to build its own reverse osmosis plant. 

While water authority officials study the question, a citizen-led group, Stop H2GO, has sprung up in opposition to that project -- creating a StopH2GO website and putting forth two candidates for H2GO's Board of Commissioners.  

Isabelle Shepherd / Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The Town of Leland 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 for Mayor of Leland in alphabetical order: 

Isabelle Shepherd

Due to causeway construction, Leland drivers often don't know what they'll encounter on their commute. Will it be an hour of traffic or smooth sailing? Citizens have taken traffic reporting into their own hands.

Before heading out to work, Leland residents would like a traffic update.  That was one of the public suggestions made to the North Carolina Department of Transportation at their meeting to discuss causeway traffic issues.  As it stands, the NC DOT has a website for such updates, but it only offers still shots, with no live feed. 


Construction work on a Leland causeway is creating multiple traffic problems. On U.S. 17-74-76, one such issue is line visibility, with drivers complaining that they see up to three lane lines on the road. 

Courtesy Brunswick County

Village of Bald Head Island, Mayor:

Incumbent Andy Sayre beat out challenger Larry Lammert.

Joe Ridgeway ran unopposed for the one open Council seat.  

Town of Belville:

Mike Allen, who ran unopposed for Mayor earned 89% of the vote.

And Donna Schardien and Tony Huskey, the only two candidates for council, will serve. 

City of Boiling Spring Lakes:

Craig Caster beat out Charlie Carroll for the Mayor seat in Boiling Spring Lakes.

Mary Stilwell and David Putnam won seats on the Commission.

A new cultural arts center is slated to open next year in Leland.