CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - For the first time in Carolina Beach history, voters have chosen the town’s first female mayor.
Current town council member LeAnn Pierce is the new mayor-elect after receiving 1,025 votes. Tom Elicson came up short, only getting 759 votes. The votes are unofficial until they are canvassed by county elections officials.
“I got to say I’m really excited to be a part of making history, you don’t get many chances in your life to make history and it’s been made tonight here in Carolina Beach and I’m just honored that I’m able to be a part of that," says mayor elect LeAnn Pierce.
Since Pierce was successful in her bid to become mayor, town council will have to appoint someone to serve out the remaining two years of her current term.
Incumbent Mayor Joe Benson decided not to run for a second term.
The unofficial totals for two open seats on the town council race showed two challengers as the top vote-getters. Lynn Barbee received 1,143 votes, followed by Jay Healy’s total of 1,011. Incumbent councilman Steve Shuttleworth finished third with 1,005 votes. Such a close margin could change when absentee and provisional ballots are counted during the vote canvass set for November 15.
“Carolina Beach is blossoming as a town and the community is fantastic,” says council elect Lynn Barbee. The town is one big family and we’re going to continue to bring the community together."