Conflict between them is nothing new. Monday, WECT interviewed Hickey about a Facebook page he created, called Stop the CFPUA 3 – the 3 being Woody White, Pat Kusek and Jim Brumit – all on the CFPUA board and all running against Hickey for county commissioner.
"I'm not asking for your viewers to vote for me," Hickey told WECT. "What I'm asking in the end is that your viewers don't vote for the three of them."
"He would be a disaster for this community," White says. "He's a disaster for our neighbors."
“As is his pattern, Woody White resorts to name calling and personal attacks because he can’t dispute the facts,” Hickey said in a statement. “He used his office as a county commissioner and a CFPUA board member to get preferential treatment that the average New Hanover County resident would never receive. Building over 404 regulated wetland, CAMA regulated waters, and not to be overlooked – DIRECTLY OVER SEWER MAIN is not something that any utility authority would deem acceptable, not to mention any city, county or state. Were the average person to build a structure like this, not only would they be required to remove it at their own cost, but the fines and penalties from the Army Corps of Engineers and CAMA would likely be in the tens of thousands of dollars. For Woody White IT COST NOTHING.
My record as a New Hanover County Board of Education member stands on its own. Mr. White’s political career has been mired in controversy and accusations against other elected officials. This pattern of behavior began during his brief tenure in the state senate, continued during his failed run for congress, and continues today as a county commissioner.”
Below is a statement by the CFPUA, sent by spokesman Mike McGill: