For Ocean Isle Beach Board
seven people are running lor three seats on the
( kean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners, while
Mayor Betty Williamson is unopposed as she seeks
election to a third term.
Debbie Sloanc Fox, a real estate broker at Sloanc
Realty, is the only incumbent commissioner seeking re
Commissioners Virginia Gibson and Pearl Steele
arc not running lor the town board, meaning voters will
elect at least two new laces to the board.
Challengers are William Bullington, Raymond
liricksen, Paul Justice, Janet Sanders, Kendall Suh and
John Sutton. Commissioners are elected lor lour years.
The mayor and four of the seven commission candi
dates responded to questionnaires that I he Brunswick
Beaton mailed to municipal candidates in early August.
Bullington, the husband of former mayor LaDane
Bullington and current chairman of the planning board,
did not respond. Sutton and Ms. Fox also did not return
Mayor Betty Williamson said expanding the sewer
system to serve all town property
owners is the top issue the town
will face over the next two years.
Other important issues include
putting utilities underground, con
tinuing sidewalk and street lighting
projects, developing a long-term
erosion control plan and buying a
backup water storage tank.
Mrs. Williamson served on the
board of commissioners from 1980
WILLIAMSON to i9j(7 anc) was appointed mayor
in July 19X7 to replace LaDane Bullington, who re
Mrs. Williamson was elected mayor in November
1987 and re-elected in 1989. The owner of Williamson
Really Inc. said she is seeking election again so she can
help direct the town toward a more progressive and
"1 will work to protect the quality of life and envi
ronment we have at Ocean Isle Beach," she said.
Mrs. Williamson says her 1 1 years of experience on
the town board and as mayor make her the most quali
fied candidate for the position.
"1 am familiar with the day to day operations of our
town and am knowledgeable of all duties and responsi
bililies thai pcruiin to being the town manager. I am
able to give the necessary tune required tor the |?>si
Mrs. Williamson serves as a director of Southern
National Bank, serves on the board ol trustees at Camp
United Methodist Church and is co-chairman of the
South Brunswick Islands Chamber of Commerce leg
She serves on the board of directors of the Ocean
Isle Beach Property Owners Association, Ocean Isle
Museum Foundation and Ocean Isle Chapel Inc.
Mrs. Williamson graduated from Whitcvillc High
SchiHtl and attended Southeastern Community College
Janet Sanders says expanding the sewer system to
serve die east end of the island and implementing a re
cycling program are among the
most important issues to be ad
jtfUr dressed in the coming term.
~ She said beatifying Ocean Isle
widi sidewalks and underground
-A 49 )' * wiring is another top issue for the
\ town board over the next four
1 1 ~ years.
JL Mrs. Sanders said she is seeking
y Ak election because she wants Ocean
?*; Isle Beach to remain a place for
SA.'DKKS families to live and visit. "I want to
be involved in die process that guarantees this in the lu
ture," she said.
"My most valuable qualification is my interest in
Ocean Isle Beach and the people who own properly
here to sec thai their interests are represented," Mrs.
Mrs. Sanders, a homcmakcr who formerly worked
with Piedmont Airlines, graduated from Southwest
High School in Forsyth County and attended East
She was appointed lo the Ocean Isle Beach Board
of Elections earlier this year but later resigned so she
could run for a seat on the town board.
Mrs. Sanders presently serves as a volunteer at the
Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach and
has held various offices in the PTA, woman's club,
neighborhood recreation association and March ol
RAYMOND I,. KKICKSKN
Raymond Krickscn says controlling erosion at the
casl end ot the island and the Hooding associated with
heavy rains are two ol the most important issues the
town board must address in the next
lour years. ?
"I "he retired lire lieutenant with ?
the White Plains, N.Y., Fire
Department, also said improving 1?^*
the lire rating with more training h
and modern equipment is another _
Erickscn said the laet that he
likes people makes him the most
qualified candidate for commission
"I feel Occan Isle is a nice place to live and want to
help keep it that way," he said. "I would like to he the
homeowners representative, as I have no political or
oilier ties to anyone on Occan Isle."
Erickscn graduated Irom Mamaroneck High School
in New York and presently is a self-employed paint
contractor. He served as a hospital corpsman third class
with the First Marine Airwing in Korea in 1952 and
Kendall II. Suh
Dr. Kendall Suh said he supports no tax increases
and would like to investigate options to lower the
town's sewer rates.
'Hie emergency medicine physician and owner of
Brunswick Emergency Physicians said he would also
like to see emergency medical and fire services expand
"I support our volunteers and would be willing to
assist in further training til our rcscue personnel and in
creasing access to services," he said.
Suh also said he would like to Uxik into opportuni
ties for the Army Corps of F.ngineers to properly mark
and dredge Shallottc Inlet. He said the sand could be
used to rcnourish the east end of the strand.
The physician said he is seeking election to help
keep Ocean Isle Beach a great place to live. He warns
the town to remain progressive but still control growth
so it remains a family beach community.
"1 have no political ties to anyone and can therefore
represent with utmost integrity the concerns of the peo
ple who are the heartbeat of Ocean Isle Beach," he said.
Suh is a board certified lamily practice physician
trained at Duke. He received an A.M. in chemistry Ironi
lite University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in ll).XI
ami an M.L). from tiie Oral Roberts University School
ol Medicine in Tulsa. Oklahoma, in 1985.
Suh is a member of the medical stall at The
Brunswick Hospital in Supply and a member ol the
Brunswick County Medical Society.
A charter member ol the South Brunswick Islands
Civitan Club, Suh set up a scholarship bearing Ins name
and that ol the club, lie also established a Brunswick
County chapter of the U.N.C. Educational Foundation.
K. PAUL JUSTICK
Paul Justice thinks protecting the environment in
general, and the beach in particular, will be one ol the
most important issues the Ocean Isle Beach town board
will lace in the coming term.
Justice said the town should continue to enforce
building codes and zoning rules with a minimum ol
He also supports enlorcement ol anti-litter laws,
speed limits anil lire prevention
rules. "Tourists should not think our
laws do not apply to them," he said.
Justice said the town should re
sist hard structures designed to con
trol beach erosion. "II we could do
it legally and financially, we should
remove these hard controls already
on the east end of the island."
A full-time resident of Ocean
Isle lor five years. Justice said he
thinks the permanent residents need JLSl tcK
to be represented by someone other than people in
volved in the tourism and real estate business.
The candidate said he can "give a fair and unbiased
representation to those that live here year round, pay
their taxes, and in many cases earn their livelihood
Justice is a retired superintendent with Thomas
Built Buses in High Point. He graduated from High
Point Senior High Schixil and received a two-year cer
tificate in industrial management from N.C. State
He is a former president of the High Point Industrial
Management Club. Justice has held various olliccs in
the Methodist church, and presently serves as chairman
of the building committee at Seaside United Methodist
Board In Varnamtown
Five candidates are running for
the three available town board scats
in Varnamtown, while Mayor Judy
Galloway is unopposed in her bid
lor re-election to a sccond term.
Alderman John David Dawson
is the only incumbent in the town
board race. Other candidates are
Faye Galloway, Roscoc Griffin,
Tonya Robbins and Jeff Whitfield,
all newcomers to the political scene.
Mayor Galloway and four of the
five town board hopefuls responded
to questionnaires that The Bruns
wick Beacon mailed to candidates in
early August. Ms. Robbins did not
For the most part, candidates
stayed away from identifying top is
sues they would face in the coming
term. Most said they would do what
is best for the town and its people.
The mayor in Varnamtown is
elected for a term of two years,
while aldermen serve four-year
JUDY L. GALLOWAY
Judy Galloway said she's seek
ing a sccond
term its mayor
part-time lax preparer was first
elected mayor in 1989.
Mrs. Galloway is treasurer of
Dixon Chapel United Methodist
Church and graduated from Bolivia
High School in 1964. She also
completed accounting courses at
Southeastern Community College in
The mayor did not identify any
owner of Lock
"because 1 care
for my town
and its people
and I want to
help in any way
top issues the town will face in the
coming term. She said she would do
whatever is good lor Varnamtown
and whatever the majority of the
Roscoe Griffin said he thinks
the town should provide water and
sewer service and consider trash
pickup in the community.
"Being a new town, we need to
look into a lot of things, but I think
the voters should decide which ones
they would prefer first," he said.
Griffin has served as credit
chairman with a federal credit union
and served on
board of a labor
tired. 1 have a
lot of spare
time," he said.
"And I would
like to make our
CRIKKIN bcucr p,a;.c U)
Griffin said he doesn't know
that he is the most qualified candi
date. "I do feel that the experience
I've had in labor negotiations and
credit unions helps me a lot."
Jeff Whitfield, owner of Beach
Cafe at Holden Beach, said he is
seeking office because he doesn't
want Varnamtown to change.
"I think everyone recognizes
what a great place Varnamtown is
and we all want to preserve the nat
ural beauty of our community as
well as our simple and uncomplicat
ed lifestyles," he said.
"But issues will arise from time
to time and I feel it's important that
Varnamtown be represented by peo
ple who share the ideals and values
of the majority, and by people who
arc willing to contribute the time
anil energy it takes to bring about
the best results."
Whitfield was valedictorian of
class at Camden
demy in Cam
den, S.C. He at
tended N.C. _ .
Slate University J
and received a * *
bachelor of sci- |lf^
from N.Y. Re- ^
gents College in ?hithku>
He served in the Navy from
19X3 to 19X7 and was a classified
material security officer for a patrol
squadron in Brunswick, Maine,
among other assignments.
FAY K GALLOWAY
Faye Calloway, an adminisua
livc assistant II
with the Brun
seeking her first
been a resident
for 22 years, I
feel 1 am famil
iar with the GALLOWAY
needs of the town and will listen to
the people and do what is best for
the town," she said.
She graduated from Chatham
Central High School in 1961 and
Palmer Business College in 1963.
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JOHN DAVID DAWSON
John David Dawson, a self-em
ployed building contractor, supports
a low lax rale and adoption of a
Dawson has served on the town
board since Vamamtown incorpo
rated in 19XX. He also serves as
Varnamtown's representative on the
Brunswick County Emergency
Medical Services Board.
A lifetime resident of the com
munity, he said ho is seeking re
election as alderman because ol his
concern for the people and their in
"I feel die people of Var
namtown know and trust nic," he
said. "I believe my service to our
town and its people speaks for it
Dawson said his three years of
experience on the town board and
his love for the people of Var
nanitown make him the most quali
Dawson is a member of Dixon
Chapel United Methodist Church,
where he served as chairman of the
church's administrative board in
1975 and 1976 and presently serves
on the board of trustees and as trea
surer of the men's club.
The 1954 graduate of Shallotte
High School is past master of the
Shallotte Masonic Lodge and past
worthy patron of the Order of the
He received a basic electronics
diploma from DeVry Technical
Institute in 1957.
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