Former police chief, tourism director among mayoral candidates in Southport, Oak Island

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Retired police chief Jerry Dove, seen here with wife, Sherry, will face off Tuesday against popular local doctor Joseph Patrick Hatem for the city's mayor. Courtesy photo.
Retired police chief Jerry Dove, seen here with wife, Sherry, will face off Tuesday against popular local doctor Joseph Patrick Hatem for the city’s mayor. Courtesy photo.

A longtime police chief and a director of tourism are vying to lead two coastal Brunswick County towns.

Jerry Dove, head of the Southport Police Department for 21 years, announced in June he would retire effective Oct. 1 from his post to seek the city’s mayoral seat, soon after Mayor Robert Howard said publicly he would not run for re-election.

And Southport’s director of tourism, Cindy Brochure, has taken a leave of absence from her job to focus on her mayoral race in neighboring Oak Island.

Brochure will face off on Nov. 3 against real estate agent Richard D’Anjolell, exterminator Bill Moyer and retired engineer, businessman and educator Darrell Vickers, who ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in 2013. Long-serving mayor Betty Wallace is not seeking re-election.

Dove faces just one challenger, Dr. Joseph Patrick Hatem, an internist at Southport’s Dosher Memorial Hospital.

The Southport Board of Aldermen will also see new leadership in the seat left vacant by the passing of Meezie Childs. Former city clerk Regina Alexander and Karen Mosteller, currently a member of Southport’s planning board, have filed for that seat.

Alderman Todd Coring is seeking re-election against real estate agent Marc Spencer.

Incumbent Jim Powell will try to keep his seat on the board against Jwantana Frink, a former alderman, and business owner Rick Pukenas.

But the most contested race is for Oak Island’s town council, where two incumbents and five newcomers are trying to fill three seats. Current council members Jeff Winecoff and Danny Kiser are facing Charlie Blalock, Helen Cashwell, Sheila Bell, Bob Lloyd and Tim Pittman. Councilwoman Carol Painter is not seeking re-election.

Polls in Brunswick County will open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information about Election Day, including voting precinct and polling locations.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.