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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A political battle in Brunswick County just entered a new arena. Social Services Board member Pat Sykes said today she will challenge Charles Warren for his seat on the Brunswick County Commission.

“I’m concerned about what’s going on,” Sykes said. “I want to see what I can do to make a difference.”

Wednesday morning Sykes announced her candidacy. She says what better time to run for commissioner than now? She already has her sights on certain issues.

“I think DSS needs to be looked at again and make changes there,” Sykes said. “I don’t want taxes going up. I think we’re paying enough taxes. We need to make sure that the tax dollars that are being spent are being spent wisely.”

Sykes is seeking Warren’s District 3 seat. She and Warren have feuded for months as members of Brunswick County’s Social Services Board. Their battles came to a head last month when Warren kicked Sykes out from a board meeting.

Despite the recent tension, Sykes says her run for office is about the people and future of Brunswick County and no one else.

“It has nothing to do with Charles Warren,” she said. “The position is there, and I see a need for changes or making a difference in the county is important.”

Sykes is not the only that will challenge Warren will face in May’s Republican primary. Dr. Joe Agovino of Southport announced earlier this month he will also run against the incumbent.

We reached out to Warren for comment today, but have not heard back.

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