By a margin of just 54 votes, Emilie Swearingen defeated incumbent Dean Lambeth in the race for mayor of Kure Beach.
Swearingen, who currently serves on the town’s council, unseated Lambeth, who served three terms as the town’s mayor, by winning 329 votes to his 275.
“It’s exhilarating, it’s exciting,” Swearingen said. “I only hope that I can live up to everybody’s expectations.”
The election marked the end of a long campaign in a race that was tight until the end.
“The campaign was very exhausting,” said Swearingen, who said she had a team of volunteers helping her throughout the process. “We were working so very hard, especially the last few weeks.”
Though Swearingen is drained from the campaign, she said she’ll be ready to work for Kure Beach come January when she’s sworn in as mayor.
“I just hope I can make a difference in Kure Beach and make the changes the people have asked for,” she said. “I am so grateful to all the people in Kure Beach who came out to vote in this weather.”
There were also two open seats on the town’s council. Incumbent David Heglar and newcomer Joseph Whitley ran unopposed.