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Carolina Beach holds cadidates forum

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Residents in Carolina Beach had the chance to ask future town leaders what they would do if elected Monday night. Some of the hot button topics tonight were the revitalization of the Downtown business district and the re-nourishment of the beach. There are four candidates running for two available seats on town council and 2 candidates for mayor. The mayoral candidates are Alan Gilbert who's been Mayor Pro Tem for two years and Joel Macon, who's been on the Carolina Beach Town Council for nearly twelve years. Michael Kopitopolus, incumbent Pat Efird, Lonnie Lashley, and Dan Wilcox and are vying for the two town council seats. The election is still weeks away, but residents are not wasting any time getting to know the candidates. "I'd like to see what people have in store for us in the future. If they're actually going to do anything or if we're going to have more of the same," Resident Shawn Underwood said, "We've had three two majorities for so long, it would be nice to see people who can work together and sort out issues, whether they agree or disagree with each other." Candidates were asked questions resident's submitted. Each person vying for an elected position had to answer the same questions. That's a different format that what's been used in years past. Overall people who attended tonight's candidates forum at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott say the format was helpful for when they head to the polls. Election day is November 6.

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