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  • Elections: Board of Education, District 4, Tom Simmons

    Name: Tom Simmons

    Town of residence: Boiling Spring Lakes

    Political office sought: Brunswick Co Board of Education, District 4

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: www.simmonsin2012.com

    Profession: Retired Educator

     

    Education: B.S. degree, UNC-W, Wilmington; M.Ed administration, University of South Carolina; Ed. S, East Carolina University; N.C. license as school administrator and superintendent; Principals Executive Program, UNC-Chapel Hill

     

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 4, Shirley Babson

    Name: Shirley Babson

    Town of residence: Bolivia

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 4

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Profession: Retired

     

    Education: North Carolina School Boards Association; Institute of Government, Chapel Hill; Continuing Education Courses, Brunswick Community College; Continuing Education Courses, Cape Fear Community College; graduated from Shallotte High School, honor student

     

  • Pared-down park plans outlined in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The cost for proposed amenities for the future town park just came down.

    Residents got a chance to view a pared-down proposal for the future Sunset Beach Town Park at a public-input meeting Oct. 11.

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 2, Lorene Williams

    Name: Lorene Hewett Williams

    Town of residence: Supply

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 2

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Profession: Retired

     

    Education: B.S. from Shaw University, M.Ed from NCCU; and advanced level certification as curriculum specialist, program administrator, principal and superintendent, University of South Carolina.

     

    Family information: married to Floyd I. Williams Sr. for 35 years. We have two children, Ashley and Jamie.

     

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 2, Catherine Cooke

    Name: Catherine Cooke

    Town of residence: Shallotte

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 2

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Candidate website address: Catherine Cooke for Board of Education on Facebook

    Profession: Self-employed

     

    Education: Page High School graduate, Greensboro; St. Mary’s College, Raleigh; N.C. real estate broker.

     

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 1, Bud Thorsen

    Name: Olaf “Bud” Thorsen

    Town of residence: Shallotte Point

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 1

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Facebook page: Bud Thorsen Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Profession: Chief Court Counselor, 31 years, 13th Judicial District.

     

    Education: West Brunswick High School 1972-1976; UNC Pembroke BA Degree 1976-1980

     

    Family information: Wife Debbie, married 29 years; children, Tyler, 26, Jessica, 22

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 1, Ray Gilbert

    Name: Ray Gilbert

    Town of residence: Ash

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 1

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: www.teamgilbert.org

    Profession: Pastor

     

  • Elections: County Commissioners, District 5, Frank Williams

    Name: Frank Williams

    Town of residence: Northwest

    Political office sought: Brunswick County Commissioner, District 5

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Candidate website address: electfrankwilliams.com

    Profession: Owner, Pioneer Strategies

     

    Education: B.A. in communication, N.C. State University (1993); North Brunswick High School (1988);

     

    Family information: Single

     

  • Elections: County Commissioners, District 5, Michael Ballard

    Name: Michael A Ballard

    Town of residence: Navassa

    Political office sought: County Commissioner, District 5

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Profession: Pastor

     

    Education: Graduate of North Brunswick High School 1980, Livingstone College 1980-1982, Fayetteville Tech 1982-1983, Cape Fear Community College 1983, University of Phoenix 2008-2009

     

  • Elections: County Commissioners, District 4, Brenda McMillian

    Name: Brenda Faye McMillian

    Town of residence: Leland

    Political office sought: County Commissioner, District 4

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Profession: Retired social worker

     

    Education: Bachelor in business management; licensed real estate broker; licensed assisted living administrator

     

    Family information: Two adult children