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Political

  • Democratic candidates forum Nov. 1

    The Brunswick County Democratic Party will host a Democratic candidates forum Thursday, Nov. 1, at St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in Southport. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the forum is from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

    Candidates for local and state offices will discuss and answer questions about issues facing the community.

    For more information, go to brunswickdem.org.

  • BCSD to provide rides to polls on Election Day

    Brunswick County Senior Democrats will provide free rides to the polls from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    The BCSD has 27 members who will be on standby on Election Day to provide rides to the polls for those who want to vote, but do not have transportation to get to a local polling place.

    Rides to the polls on Election Day are being provided for voters in Bolivia, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Calabash, Carolina Shores, Southport, St. James, Oak Island, Leland, Navassa, Belville and Winnabow.

  • Candidate profiles for contested races

    The Beacon asked candidates in contested races within our coverage area to fill out and return questionnaires seeking basic information for readers ahead of Nov. 6’s general election. All were asked for the same information. Each was asked to be brief in sharing their political and public service experience; to identify, in 100 words or less, the top issues in our community they plan to address; and explain, in 100 words or less, how they will address these issues if elected.

    These profiles will be published again in the Nov. 1 edition.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff candidate John W. Ingram V

    Name: John W. Ingram V

    Office sought: Brunswick County Sheriff

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 49

    Town of residence: Bolivia

    Education: Graduate of West Brunswick High School; criminal justice degree; studied at Southeastern Community College, Brunswick Community College, Columbia Southern University

    Profession: Brunswick County sheriff

    Political and public service experience: Served as Brunswick County sheriff since 2007

  • Brunswick County Sheriff candidate Charles Warren

    Name: Charles Warren

     

    Office sought: Brunswick County Sheriff

     

    Party affiliation: Democrat

     

    Age: not provided

     

    Town of residence: Oak Island

     

    Education: Springfield College, Master of Science

    Profession: Retired

     

  • Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2 candidate John Martin “Marty” Cooke Jr.

    Name: John Martin “Marty” Cooke Jr.

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 62

    Town of residence: Shallotte

    Education: The Citadel, Bachelor of Arts in history; Regent University, Master of Arts in communication /television and film production and doctorate studies in leadership; North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership fellow; UNC School of Government Advanced Leadership Academy

  • Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2 candidate Marilyn Priddy

    Name: Marilyn Priddy

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2

    Party affiliation: Unaffiliated on ballot because of petition process; registered Democrat

    Age: 66

    Town of residence: Shallotte

    Education: Bachelor of Science in biology, Honors Program, Ball State University

    Profession: Science teacher; industrial hygienist; environmental health and safety consultant; quality coordinator

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 3 candidate William Flythe

    Name: William Flythe

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 3

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Age: 73

    Town of residence: Southport

    Education: Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University and Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Howard University

    Profession: Retired after 20 years spent in industry as a chemist and senior laboratory supervisor and 15 years spent in the classroom teaching chemistry, physical science and/or physics at the high school and college levels.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 3 candidate Charles W. Miller

    Name: Charles W. Miller

     

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 3

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 52

     

    Town of residence: Southport

     

    Education: South Brunswick High School, 1984; Cape Fear Community College, 1987

    Profession: Brunswick County chief deputy sheriff

     

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate Gerald “Jerry” Benton

    Name: Gerald “Jerry” Benton

     

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 38

     

    Town of residence: Leland

     

    Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UNCW

     

    Profession: Retired; disabled veteran