Voters elected new mayors in the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach in municipal elections Tuesday.
Joe Benson is the new mayor of Carolina Beach, beating incumbent Dan Wilcox. Benson received 55 percent of the about 1,500 votes cast.
“There are a number of people who I didn’t have the time or opportunity to meet (before the election)," Benson said. "I intend to meet them and include a little bit of time with the current mayor, Dan Wilcox, who has done a great job leading the town for the last four years."
Benson said he prioritizes building a relationship with nearby military and Army outposts, including Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point.
Benson also plans to address infrastructure challenges, including Canal Drive, an area known for occasional flooding.
Craig Bloszinsky is the newly elected mayor of Kure Beach, receiving 82 percent of the 557 votes cast.
Bloszinsky said he will be working with the police and fire departments to ensure they have the resources necessary to ensure public safety.
Bloszinsky said he also wants to begin work on building a new town hall while keeping costs low and hopes to ensure the tourism industries have the support they need.
“I want to make sure we have the infrastructure to meet the needs for the water, meet the needs for sewage, make sure the beach is clean,” Bloszinsky said. “We’re going to make sure that we have lifeguards on the beach.”
Bloszinsky and Benson emphasized they want to meet the needs of families to ensure the communities remain safe and prosperous. Although the election results are in, the mayors do not assume their offices until December.
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