Unofficial results turn control of H2GO board over to those against reverse osmosis plant

Unofficial results turn control of H2GO board over to those against reverse osmosis plant

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, the future of the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board and its $30 million reverse osmosis plant is still not certain.

This year's election had three open spots for H2GO commissioners. Six candidates were running: three on a ticket to oppose the reverse osmosis plant and three on a ticket in favor of it.

Two candidates for the plant and one who was against it were the top three vote-getters, according to Tuesday night's unofficial results.

With six of six precincts reporting, incumbent commissioner Ron Jenkins was the top vote-getter with 1,948. Rodney McCoy got 1,792 votes and Bill Beer was third with 1,791. Jenkins and McCoy support the plant, while Beer opposes it.

Carl Antos, who was running for re-election and was in favor of the plant, was fourth with 1,768 votes, which is only 23 votes out of that final spot.

Brayton Willis, Beer, and Donald Yousey were all running to oppose the reverse osmosis plant. Yousey and Willis finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Current board members Trudy Trombley and Jeff Gerken were not up for re-election. Both oppose the building of the plant. Should the unofficial results stand after a canvass, Beer could join Trombley and Gerken in killing the project.

The proposed $30 million plant had little support before the news broke of GenX contamination. Since then, support for the plant has grown.

Bill Beer watched results come in with Yousey and Willis at Leland restaurant, while he said he was disappointed his friends were not elected, he is also ready to get to work.

"I have a lot of thinking to do about the future direction and I've already done a lot of thinking. Our platform is very clear so we're going to live up to that platform. First of all we got our support from a majority of people who were opposed to building the plant so obviously I've got to live up to that promise."

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