CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - It appears there will be a political rematch in Carolina Beach in 2015.
Former Mayor Bob Lewis has filed to run for the seat, after losing a close race to the current Mayor Dan Wilcox in 2013. Wilcox won by seven votes, 748-741, after Lewis requested a recount in their 2013 showdown.
Lewis served one year as mayor after being appointed to fill the remainder of Ray Rothrock's term in 2012. Lewis had served three years on town council prior to that appointment.
"A lot of residents have told me they are unhappy with the current administration, and they've asked me to run," Lewis said. "We think we have a good chance at winning."
As of Thursday afternoon, Lewis and Wilcox are the only two candidates who have filed for the mayoral race.
"I think competition is always good for the citizens," Wilcox said when asked about Lewis entering the race. "I will run on my accomplishments and my merits, stick to the facts, and see where it goes."
Filing period for the 2015 municipal elections ends July 17 at noon. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.