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There is a battle ongoing this election season in Carolina Shores.
Problem is, one of the contenders being pulled into the ring isn’t even up for re-election.
In recent months, Carolina Shores commissioner Gere Dale has made it clear he has a real problem with the way mayor Stephen Selby does town business.
In town meetings Dale has publicly chastised Selby. He was even a proponent of having Selby formally censured by the town board. Dale is obviously convinced Selby isn’t conducting business the way a mayor should, but why Dale is exerting so much effort on this singular topic, we’re not yet sure.
Dale is up for re-election this November; Selby is not.
There are plenty of other important, pressing issues down in Carolina Shores, like the referendum about the town’s form of government, which unlike Selby’s future as mayor, is an issue that will be decided by ballot Nov. 3.
There are also questions and concerns about the number of Internet sweepstakes businesses coming to town, how to properly manage town growth and improving bruised relationships between the town and some of its citizens.
Instead of talking more about solutions to the town’s problems, proposing plans for its future, and telling voters why he should be left in office, Dale is out pounding the pavement looking for a way to bring Selby down.
According to information obtained by the Beacon, Dale is no longer keeping his claims and allegations here in Brunswick County. He recently called the clerk for Greenville County, S.C., and asked for a meeting between him and county officials to talk about personnel issues regarding Selby.
The clerk declined to set up the meeting, rightfully so, saying it had nothing to do with Greenville County business.
An e-mail later went out from Carolina Shores Town Hall, reminding commissioners of the town’s code of ethics and pointing out no person can represent the board without a majority vote.
Best we know, no such vote has taken place.
And although Dale via e-mail said he did not indicate he was making such calls on behalf of the board, the clerk contacted says otherwise.
“In my visit to Greenville I intend to turn every stone to document the sordid story of Selby politics in Greenville County and to bring those facts to light in our Town,” Dale wrote in an e-mail.
Unless Selby is violating the law or public trust right here in Brunswick County—where voters elected him to office—we see no justification for Dale’s crusade against him.
And if Selby is guilty of some wrongdoing, appropriate charges should be filed in the appropriate court of law, and then let the law and public opinion decide his future based on facts, not an angry crowd gathered behind a witch-hunt.