Thursday, February 2, 2023

Leland resident Shirley Lawler vies for mayoral seat

Incumbent Mayor Brenda Bozeman will see at least one challenger in this year's election.

Leland resident Shirley Lawler announced she's running for mayor of the growing town. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Shirley Lawler)
Leland resident Shirley Lawler announced she’s running for mayor of the growing town. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Shirley Lawler)

LELAND — Twelve-year Leland resident Shirley Lawler is running to serve as Leland’s mayor.

On Friday, Lawler filed for the seat currently occupied by Mayor Brenda Bozeman.

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Mayor Bozeman refiled on the first day of the filing period, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections. Bozeman is Leland’s first female mayor and has served in the role for four terms, since 2011. Before then, Bozeman served on Town Council since 2003.

Lawler previously ran for a seat on Leland Town Council in 2017, earning nearly 6% of the total vote. Holding various real estate, health insurance, and financial licenses over her career, Lawler hopes to use her experience to help steer the growing town. In a press release, Lawler said she has experience serving on previous town government boards, the Bond Club Organization, and is a fund-raiser for the Children’s Hospital.

Lawler said she is running for mayor to give Leland the “bold and transparent leader it deserves.”

Author’s note: Port City Daily will run in-depth candidate features after the filing period ends at noon on July 19. Until then, candidate announcements sent to Port City Daily will be briefly featured.

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