Holden Beach To Elect New
Mayor, Full Town Board
Molden Beach voters will elect a
new mayor arid all live members of
the board ol commissioners next
The vote will give the coastal
town its I irst mayoral change in six
years and place at least lour new
laces on the town board.
Gay Atkins is the only incumbent
commissioner vying for a seal on
the board. Gloria Barrett. Judy
Bryan and Kenner Amos are not
Other town board candidates are
Gil Bass, Donald Campbell, Diane
Clark, Jim Foumier, Crawford Hart.
Larry McDowell. David Sandifer.
James Shalor, Sid Swans, Larry
Vogt and Roger Williams.
In the mayor's race, voters will
choose between Boh Buck, a former
town administrator who has served
the last lour years as commissioner,
or Wally Ausley. a retired broadcast
John Tandy, who has served as
mayor since 1985 ami previously
served from 1^74 to 1981. decided
not to run for office again.
All 14 candidates for mayor and
town board responded to question
naires from The Brunswick Beacon.
Wally Ausley says his biggest
challenge as mayor would be to as
certain and as
ideas, goals and
needs of the res
one of his most
Atst ky sensibilities as
mayor would be
to conduct organized, well-planned
board meetings to allow maximum
input by commissioners in forming
The mayoral candidate also
wants to help provide an environ
ment in which the town manager
can work without interference to ex
pedite town business.
A homeowner at Holden Beach
since 1955 and permanent resident
lor nearly two years, Ausley said
he's running for mayor to "return
something to the town by serving as
mayor and continuing the tradition
of excellent leadership provided by
our three former mayors."
Ausley said his leadership experi
ence. outgoing personality and
good old fashioned common
sense" make him the most qualified
candidate for mayor.
He said the last 30 years of his
broadcasting career was centered in
Raleigh, allowing him to make
friends statewide which would help
if he was called on to deal with
state, county and municipal leaders.
Ausley was senior vice president
and director of Durham Life
Broadcasting from 1974 to 1991.
He is past president of North
Carolina s Broadcasters, served on
the N.C. State University
Chancellor's Advisory Council and
has been appointed by three gover
nors to serve on their inauguration
Ausley graduated from Lafayette
High School and the University of
North Carolina with a degree in ra
dio, television and motion pictures.
ROBERTSON W. "HOB" BUCK
Bob Buck says fair and effective
all town ordi
nances and im
and visitors are
the most impor
tant issues the
town must ad
isrc K dress in the next
The candidate also said he sup
ports establishment of an effective
wastewater management system.
Buck said improving vehicle
parking, beach access and beach
swimming salety to better meet the
needs of tourists is another priority.
The two-term commissioner said
he is seeking the mayor's post to
continue his association with local
government, and more specifically,
to assist in the government of
He sajd his "understanding of
municipal government and its rela
tionships with county, slate and fed
on affordable wheels
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oral governments" makes him the
better candidate lor mayor.
Buck wa< town administrator at
Holden Beach from 1 98 1 to P>87
and has held municipal manage
ment positions in Brevard. Hender
son and New Smyrna Beach. Ma.
He received a bachelor's degree
in civil engineering from the
University of South Carolina and a
master's degree in management
from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate
CAY M. ATKINS
Gay Atkins says environmental
public safety V-.
are two ol the
priorities the . -
town board * ? ??* j
should address ^ ^
in the upcoming
in order to pro- t (
tect .is fragile ~
must have a continued plan of de
velopment that would allow the
watchful eye for pollution of its
ocean, canals and waterway," she
Ms. Atkins said the safety ol peo
ple on the beach and streets is an
other important issue. The planned
sidewalks and new water rescue
program should help make the town
The candidate said she thinks the
current outside light ordinance al
lows for adequate security lighting,
but supports monitored access to the
island from midnight to 5 a.m.
She also said she would support
special tax districts to provide for
the dredging of canals, and addi
tional spraying to control mosqui
Ms. Atkins, a self-employed real
estate broker, has been serving on
the town board since 19X5.
She said she is seeking re-elec
tion because she cares for the peo
ple and environment and would like
to offer her time to maintain the
quality of life.
Ms. Atkins said her six years ex
perience on the town board makes
her the most qualified candidate for
Since she is the only incumbent
commissioner running for the town
board, Ms. Atkins said she would
provide continuity for a new board.
GUILFORD W. BASS SR.
Gil Bass, a former commissioner,
lists review of the outside lighting
ordinance, organization and imple
mentation of a wastewater manage
ment program anil continuance of
the underground wiring project as
top issues at Holden Beach.
Bass said the light ordinance
should be written to allow home
owners to protect their property
without bothering other people.
He said the town board also
needs to deter
mine how a pro
much it would L
cost and how it
would be fi
Bass said get
ting all power BASS
anil telephone cables underground
will make the beach safer and more
beautiful and will increase property
He served as town commissioner
from 1987 to 1989 and prior to that
had served two years on the town
planning and zoning board.
Bass said he is seeking election
to serve the residents and home
owners of Holden Beach and to
help maintain the community's
traditional family values.
"1 have the ability to look at all
sides of an issue anil to listen to
what the people want for Holden
Beach, and then vote according to
how the people feci," he said.
Bass, manager ol Holden Beach
Fishing Pier, received a bachelor's
degree from Campbell University
and a master's degree in education
from N.C. State University.
He did other postgraduate work
at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Bass has served as president of
the Greater Holden Beach Mer
chants Association and as a trustee
at the Holden Beach Chapel.
He has also sat on the board of
directors of the Holden Beach Pro
perty Owners Association and
South Brunswick Islands C hainber
DONALI) M. CAMI'BKLL
Don Campbell said taking the
emphasis oil special interests and
improving public safety are two of
the most important issues commis
sioners must address in the coming
Campbell said too much empha
sis has been placed on special inter
ests in lieu of long-term planning
that would bene! it the town.
"I am for compromise with spe
cial interest groups instead of penal
izing the entire town to make a few
people happy," he said.
The political newcomer said he
thinks it is "morally wrong" lor
someone to rent a house to a visitor
without posting warnings about the
dangers of swimming in the ocean,
jogcing in the street and overload
ing septic systems.
Campbell said he is running lor
office because he has "a perspective
of Holden Beach that would provide
an unshakable anil solid support lor
the family beach atmosphere that is
so cherished by old timers and new
He said the fact
that he lives and
anil sees things
that help and
hurt lite town
makes him the
candidate for cAMPBKLt.
Campbell, parts manager at
Holden Beach Marina, graduated
from Sumter High School in
He previously worked 17 years as
coordinator of industrial and com
mercial air conditioning sales for
Trane Air Conditioning in eastern
1)1 AN K CLARK
Diane Clark says protecting the
public health, safety and welfare is
the most important issue lacing the
A former deputy town clerk and
interim town manager at Holden
Beach, she supports implementing a
wastewater management program,
lighting street intersections and
building sidewalks and more beach
Mrs. Clark encourages island
values. She said
the town should
to renourish the
beach and start
The first-time candidate said she
is running for office to serve the
community, represent the people
and help maintain the desired fami
ly atmosphere on the island.
Mrs. Clark presently works as a
real estate salesperson with Holden
Beach Realty.Shc previously
worked as a supervisor with Blue
Cross/Blue Shield and served two
two-year terms as president of a
community association in Mary
Mrs. Clark has a high school
diploma and has taken several
courses and seminars in business
management, health insurance and
JAMKS A. FOURNIKk
Jim Fournier thinks fiscal respon
sibility, improving the town's image
and enforcement of ordinances and
building axles are the most impor
tant issues at Holden Beach.
He said taxpayers' money de
serves the most
last increase in
been needed, he
Fournier says ^
"the past few
years have been
damaging to our l-ot'RMKR
reputation as a responsible munici
pality" and more deliberation is
needed by the town board.
He said the town should not al
low eight-bedroom houses when
landowners only have four-K'droom
septie tank permits.
Foumier saul he is running tor
office "to fultill my obligation to
my adopted home town, to do my
share to improve the quality of lite
of 1 lolden Beach residents."
He said he has "no axe to grind,
no ties to any special interest group
and a desire u? protect the overall
environment of my last home."
Foumier has served as vice chair
man of the Holdcn Beach Planning
and Zoning Board, vice president of
the Holdcn Beach Property Owners
Association and co-chairman of the
Heritage Harbor Properly Owners
He has worked as director of pro
duction services with Martin Mar
ietta Corp.. president of Ingram Ag
gregates. general manager of Cariv
lina Sunrock and owner of Snclling
Personnel. Foumier attended Louis
burg College and East Carolina Un
Larry McDowell said continuing
the underground wiring project,
dredging the canals and building a
walkway and bike trail arc the most
important issues the town board
in die next two
a teacher at
College. He has
a certificate in
vocational edu- MClxmhi.t.
cation and graduated from Newport
News Shipyard Apprentice School.
McDowell said his II years
teaching experience and ability to
work with people make him the
most qualified candidate.
"I feci like I could help the peo
ple on the beach to make it a better
place to live," he said. "We need a
few things done, and I feel that 1
can represent the people very well."
SID S WARTS
Sid Swarls says control of density
and fair enforcement of ordinances
and codes arc two of the most im
portant issues facing the town
The candidate also said the board
needs to focus on long-range im
provements and problems. "Plans
should be developed anil followed.
Issues do not need to be repealed
year after year and never solved."
Swarts said density needs to be
managed because it creates prob
lems with traffic, parking, stormwa
tcr runolf, solid waste and wastewa
He also said the town manager
should be responsible for enforcing
all regulations. "Any ordinance
which is not in the best interest of
the majority of residents or which
cannot be enforced should be
Swarts said he is running for
commissioner "to ensure that
Holdcn Beach develops in an orga
nized manner and that desirable liv
ing conditions arc maintained and
provided for all residents."
He served six years on the plan
ning and zoning
f board, one year
on the board of
I _ adjustment and
, ^ was appointed
\ earlier this year
to monitor the
? a wastewater
swarts Swans, a re
tired Army officer, received a bach
elor of science degree from the
University of Maryland and a mas
ter's degree in business admin
istration from Syracuse University.
During his 27 years in the Army,
Swaris was a company commander,
division finance officer anil
comptroller. He also established and
was first president of ihe
Wilmington Swim League.
DAVID R. SANDIFKR
David Sandifer said waste man
agement, public safety and fiscal re
sponsibility are the three most im
portant issues ihe town board needs
to address over the next two years.
Sanditcr said the town's one-di
mensional approach to sewage nian
agemcni is "irresponsible" aiul
alternatives must he considered.
The candidate also said the town
board has a responsibility to provide
a safe environment, but has been re
acting rather tlutn planning.
"Many of our lull-time residents
are retirees who have special needs
with regard to safety," he said.
Sandiler said the town budget
reads more like
a "wish list"
than a "needs
list" and the
frills should be
es and water
bills in addition
to imposing an
should result in SANDIFER
a tremendous amount of entitle
ments for our residents, but it
doesn't," he said.
A real estate broker and owner of
Holden Beach Properties, Sandiler
said he is a realist who takes a
"common sense approach" to solv
ing problems and uses fairness as a
"I have lived and worked in Hol
den Bcach for eight years and I love
my town," he said. "Whether as a
citi/en or as a commissioner, I will
work hard to see thai growth is re
sponsible, our environment is pro
tected and our citizens arc safe and
Sandiler said he is seeking elec
tion bccausc he thinks the town
leaders are failing to guide Holden
Bcach into the 1990s.
"Personalities rather than leader
ship have been the standard," he
said. "Our town board needs to lead
with a sense of duty and responsi
bility at this critical period in our
lives as a town."
Sandiler graduated from McLcn
aghan High School in Florence,
S.C., in 1961. He has previously
worked as manager at the Aiken
Coca-Cola Plant in Aiken, S.C.
CRAWFORD HART JR.
Crawford Hart says keeping Hol
den Beach a family beach and es
tablishing long-term plans and goals
for the community are among the
most important issues facing the
To establish those goals. Hart
said all current ordinances need to
be reviewed, and the ones thai are
kept must lie enforced.
"For as long as I can remember I
have griped about how the New
England coastal beaches and towns
were overdeveloped," he said. "I
would be a hypocrite for not trying
to stop that same thing from hap
pening to Holden Bcach."
Hart said he has attended most
and some of the
board of adjust
since moving to
1 lolden Bcach
serves on the HAITI
board of adjustment and was ap
pointed to oversee the town's recy
cling program last November.
A retired manufacturers represen
tative and owner of H&H
Associates, Hart graduated from
Greenwich High School and re
ceived degrees from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and the University of Hartford,
He has served as a management
/corporate officer and a trustee with
the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks. Hart was awarded
the Scoutcr's Key in I960 for work
with the Boy Scouts.
Larry Vogt said street lighting, re
arc among the
issues the town
board will face
in the coming
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vard should be lighted and the town
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The }H>li(ical ncwuimcr also says
llic board should work on beautil i
cation at public beach accesses,
build sidewalks ami look at ways ol
renourishing the Ivach.
Vogt said he is running lor town
commissioner "to keep Holden
Beach as a family beach and serve
my community and its residents.
Me is president and owner of
Carolina Steel Shelving Co. Vogt
managed a multi-million dollar in
dustrial distribution operation cov
ering four state and involving 20
employees Iroin ll'(>5 to 197^.
JAMKS .1. S1IAFOK
Jim Slialor says dealing with
wastewater management and im
proving the town's communication
with homeowners are the most im
portant issues lacing the board ol
Shafor said the town needs to do
us own in-depth study ol wastewa
and disposal us
gathered in two
anil other re
ports to deter
mine what is
best for Holden
tion, Shafor said the town "must
provide complete explanations of
all major issues, so the homeowners
can make decisions based ^ on
knowledge and not on emotions.'
Shafor was appointed to the Hol
den Beach Planning and Zoning
Board as an alternate in I WO and
was named a regular member in
"I have a sincere interest in the
growth as well as the preservation
of Holden Beach," he said. "1 also
feel that the lime is right for some
new and fresh ideas to help Holden
Beach grow in the 1990s."
Shafor is a retired teacher from
Middle town, Ohio. He graduated
from Hamilton High School and the
University of Dayton in Ohio and
received his teaching certification
from Miami University of Ohio.
lie coached high school sp< ?.
for 25 years, served as assistant ath
letic director and was manager of
student al lairs in a large high
ROCKIl L. WILLIAMS
Roger Williams said building a
based on trust,
town board and 0
residents is the J
sioners must ad
dress in the next
He said the
board should ""..jams
"make intelligent decisions in a
timely manner always keeping an
open line of communication be
tween residents and the town com
Williams, who serves as chair
man of the town's planning and
zoning board, is running lor oil ice
because he thinks he can "effective
ly communicate the wishes of the
residents of Holden Beach to the
"1 feel very strongly about the
need for effective leadership on the
Holden Beach Town Commission,"
he said. "1 feel that, in conjunction
with other members of town gov
ernment, 1 can oiler this leader
Williams attended the University
of South Carolina and works as re
gional director of sales with Leatex
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