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Potential appointee to Carolina Beach board defends eligibility

Doug Andrews Doug Andrews

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – Questions have been raised about the residency of one of the potential appointees to the Carolina Beach town council.

Because the mayor and a councilman stepped down last month, there are two open spots on the town council.

Earlier this week, the board announced its short list to fill the seat. That list includes Doug Andrews.

Now, we've uncovered town employees asked the county board of elections to verify the residency of all five possible appointees, after concerns came up about Andrews' address.

Andrews tells WECT.com that up until a few weeks ago, he was registered to vote in New Hanover County. However, he recently changed his voter registration to Carolina Beach. Andrews said this makes him eligible to be on town council.

Voter records from the November election show Andrews was registered at a home he owns in Inlet Point, which is in the county.

No one was home there when our news crew went to check the house.

Our crew found Andrews at his home on Canal Drive in Carolina Beach, where he says he's lived here since 2010.

"I love this community and all I want to do is make it better for the people who live here," he said.

The town charter only says that board members have to be "eligible voters" and Andrews says since he is registered there now, he is an eligible voter.

Town council will announce their picks for the empty board seats at a meeting on Tuesday.

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