Long Beach Residents Will Elect
New Mayor And Three
Long Beach voters will clcci a
now mayor and at least one new
member to the hoard ol commis
sioners when they go to the polls
Mike Oxford and Joan Allman
are running lor the mayor's seal that
has been held by Johnny Vereen
Vereen hied lor a lourth straight
two-year term as mayor, bul he was
knocked out t?l the race in die
primary election Oct. X.
Candidates running lor three
available seats on the town board
include incumbents David
Druuunond and Jean Gray.
Challengers are Horace Collier,
David Durr, William Fasley and
James Soniers. Four other town
board hopeluls were eliminated in
Six of the eight candidates at
Long Beach returned questionnaires
to / he Brunswick Beacon that were
mailed to all municipal candidates
in early August.
Candidates pinpointed fiscal re
sponsibility and a second bridge to
Oak Island as two of the top priori
ii ?? town officials will have to ad
dress over the next lew years.
Joan P. Altnian
Mayoral candidate Joan P.
Alunan believes taxes and quality
of life are the most important issues
Long Beach officials will have to
lace over the next two years.
"The mayor should address the
need to balance
with town in
come and elimi
nate raiding the
fund balance to
who made an
A .1 MAN unsuccessful
run for town board two years ago,
also says the mayor should support
maintenance of property values by
promoting a residential beach atmo
sphere and protecting the environ
"I his includes a commitment to
long-term planning for improved
town facilities and a sanitary sewer
system," she said.
The self-employed building con
tractor received a bachelor's degree
in biology from the University of
Virginia and currently serves on the
Long Beach Planning Board.
Mrs. Altnian said she is seeking
the mayor's office "because Long
Beach needs positive, effective
leadership and representation as the
town faces the challenges of growth
and increased development."
She thinks she is the most quali
fied candidate because she is dedi
cated to fiscal responsibility and
long-term planning. "I have attend
ed nearly every town meeting for
the past seven years and 1 am well
aware of the issues affecting Long
Mrs. Alunan was secretary of the
Brunswick County Literacy Council
for 19H9-90 and secretary of the
Cape Fear River Rowing Club from
1989 to 1991.
Horace Collier, a self-employed
general contractor, said financial
stability is one ol the most impor
tant issues the town hoard will face
over the next lour years.
I he town may be laced with the
questions ol large capital expendi
tures in the future such as sewer and
beach renourishment," he said.
I feci there is the need lor thor
ough investigation and planning to
determine whether such large obli
gations could easily be met by the
town and its citi/ens while main
taining adequate reserves of town
Collier said development and un
^ oughfarc plan is
^ iJm sue. "I feel tins
^ has been a low
V . priority item
.. - aiul needs to he
addressed to en
COLLIER rfC,y.. OUt
The candidate said he supports
controlled growth with an emphasis
on single-family development in or
der to protect the environment and
prevent the possibility of over-de
Collier graduated from Southport
High School in 1971 and attended
the University of North Carolina at
He is seeking election because he
feels the town is lacing major deci
sions that will affect it now and in
"1 want to represent all the citi
zens of Long Beach to help ensure
that the town makes the proper de
cisions to protect the lifestyle and
quality of life of the citizens, as
well as prepare for our future," he
Collier, who has lived at Long
Beach more than 25 years, said he's
seen it develop from a population of
less than 1(H) to 3.8(H).
"I've lived with the choices the
town has made, both gixnl and bad,
over the years. Therefore, 1 lully
understand the impact and long
reaching effects of any choices the
town may make now and in the fu
Collier serves on die Long Beach
Emergency Preparedness Damage
Assessment Team, was a member
the town's erosion control commit
tee in 1988 and served on the town
planning board from 1983 to 1985.
He was honorably discharged
from the U.S. Coast Guard and has
been active with the Boy Scouts of
America, serving as a Cub Scout
pack committee chairman and Boy
Scout troop committee secretary.
Collier, who has three children,
has coached youth baseball for four
years and managed his own busi
ness for 1 9 years.
David S. Drummnnd
Incumbent Commissioner David
Drummond said a proposed sewer
system, a second bridge to the is
land and taxes will be the three
most important issues he would face
over the next four years if he's re
Drummond said he thinks the
sewer proposal should go 10 a refer
endum. "I have seen no data that in
dicates thai a town-wide system is
needed at this point," he said.
He added that the lederal govern
ment discourages sewer systems on
harrier islands and the small number
ol septic tank failures arc being cor
rected on an individual basis.
Drummond said he supports a
second bridge to Oak Island. He
said it would improve traffic llow it
the island was evacuated due to a
hurricane or nuclear plant incident.
I he candidate also said he would
continue to work on the budget and
keep taxes low through liscal re
Drummond said the tax rate has
only risen 4 1/2 cents in the last
four years. During that period, the
town enlarged the town hall, pur
chased eight lots at Middleton Park,
paved or resurfaced more than 1(H)
streets, bought 2X new vehicles in
cluding S2(K),(KH) ladder lire truck
and built a bike path,
Drummond said he is seeking re
election so he can continue his
plans lor the last lour year ? primar
ily to represent all residents and
property owners of Long Beach.
The co-founder and past presi
dent of the Long Beach Civic
he is the most
date because he
makes decisions i ' v
that are in the
best interest ol
"1 make my
self available to
and property DKl.MMoN"
owners and successfully represent
their interests." he said.
A railroad working leader at
Sunny Point Military Ocean
Terminal, Drummond graduated
from Quincy High School in
Quincy, Maine. He also completed
various courses at Brunswick
Community College between 19X4
William I). Kasley
Sound financial practices and a
second bridge to Oak Island are two
ol the top priorities lor commission
candidate William D. "Bill" Easley.
The self-employed contractor
said the town's fund balance was
over SI million two years ago and
will be down to S200,(KX) by
Easley said a second bridge
would improve access to the island
and allow for a smoother evacuation
in the event of a hurricane or other
emergency. He said he wants to
keep Long Beach a family beach,
Easley is seeking the office be
cause "we desperately need sound
financial planning for the future and
responsible current spending."
"I own two successful small busi
nesses and feel that a town run as a
business will remain sound and
strong for the future," he said.
Easley presently serves on the
Long Beach Board of Adjustment
and Long Beach Planning Board, as
^ BOB BUCK
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I OFFER YOU
- TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN LOCAL
- AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ASSETS
AND PROBLEMS OF HOLDEN BEACH
- INDEPENDENCE FROM ANY PERSON OR
I WILL REPRESENT AND
SUPPORT FULLY THE WILL
OF THE PEOPLE
well as the Brunswick County
Hume Builders Association Boaril
The husband ami father of live
children served in the U.S. Army
Officers Corp from I *>77 to 19X2.
He received a bachelor's degree
in agriculture economics from
North Carolina Stale University and
attended U.S. Army Officer School.
Easley has a North Carolina real
estate license and contractor's li
cense. He also has an F.A.A. air
frame and power plant mechanic li
cense and a private pilot's license.
.Jean C. Cray
Incumbent Commissioner Jean
Gray said a responsible budget and
to Oak Island
are among the
top issues fac
ing the Long
board over the
next four years.
She said the
H town board
must be respon
sible for all the
money that is spent and guard
against unnecessary expenses.
A second bridge would help re
lieve traffic problems anil help in
the event of evacuation. She also
supports a referendum on expansion
of the recreation center.
A retired supervisor with the
New York Stale Thruway Authority,
Mrs. Gray said she is seeking rc
election because of her concern for
all the people of Long Beach.
She said her four years of experi
ence on the town board, knowledge
of the budgeting process and the de
sire to make sure everyone is heard
makes her the most qualified candi
dale for the post.
l"ho candidate attended Cornell
University at Russell Sage and
Albany, N.Y., anil took a two-year
course in labor relations.
James K. Somers
Former mayor James Somers said
sewage treatment, building a fund
balance and planning are the top is
sues the board of commissioners
will face in the next four years.
Somers said the town needs to
address the issue of sewage imme
diately, not five or 10 years down
He also would like to see Long
Beach build up a fund balance that
the town in the
event of a major
served as mayor
of Long Beach
in the early
1980s. Somers so.MKRS
said he is seeking election so the
town will develop a budget and live
"Being in business myself, I
know you need to operate within
the monies that you have," he said.
"You can't go out and spend all of
the funds without selling one short."
Somers, who has been a resident
for 19 years, said the time has come
for commissioners to take a positive
attitude and commitment. "I can
and will do this," he said.
He graduated from high school
and has 2 1/2 years of college expe
rience. Somers was fire chief from
1976 to 19X0 and has held various
offices with the Brunswick Count v
Home Builders Associate
Southport-Oak Island Chamber oi
Commerce, as well as Toaslm asters.
Lions and Mix>se clubs.
Oxford, who lost to Vereen by 10
votes in the 1987 mayor's race, and
Durr did not return their question
CP&L To Test
Carolina Power & Light Co. will
conduct its annual alert siren testing
at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near
Southport Friday, Nov. 1, an
nounced Dick Stanard, spokesman
lor the company.
The sirens, tested at lull volume,
will sound at approximately 3 p.m.
Residents within a 10-mile radius
will hear several episodes of the
sirens for about three minutes each
Full volume tests are conducted
once each year to ensure that each
siren is working properly, and Stan
dard said that persons hearing the
alarms Friday should not be fright
ened or take defensive measures.
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T'aders Village. Calabash
These are some of my thoughts concerning the issues
important to Holden Beach residents; but the most
important thoughts are yours. I will listen to you the
people and be responsive to your concerns. If you elect
me, the chair that I occupy will be the chair of the
Here are some of my thoughts concerning the issues
important to Holden Beach residents:
? To preserve the traditional family beach atmosphere
that we all enjoy, and maintain planned and con
? The height limit for houses should remain as is at 35
? The underground utilities should be completed.
? To ordinate the dredging of the canals by assessing the
canal property owners only in order that the cost may
be shared by all canal property owners equitably.
? To establish an effective water safety program.
? To change lighting ordinance to provide proper
? To allow the town manager to conduct town business.
? To examine and study the Wastewater Management
Program before adopting it.
? Holden Beach should not annex any property across
the bridge. I do not favor annexation.
? Improve communications between Town Hall and the
I will be honest, above board and use common sense
in all dealings that I will have as a commissioner.
Thank you for your vote and support.