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Voter Guide 2021: Leland Town Council candidate interviews

Leland's Town Council will soon vote to remove the option that currently allows the town's boards, committees and task forces to enter into a closed session. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Leland’s Town Council will receive two new members as part of the 2021 municipal election, as Pat Batleman and Bob Corriston step back from their posts; six candidates are vying for a seat. (Port City Daily/Johanna Still)

LELAND — Over the last few months, Port City Daily has been publishing individual candidate interviews so readers know where they stand on local issues facing the greater Cape Fear region.

Most Leland Town Council candidates responded to PCD’s request to address items of interest, from growth and development, to extending town services, to the utility merger for H2GO, among other topics. Below, readers will find all interviews in one place to refer to ahead of going to the polls on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 2.

2021’s Leland Town Council election will have two seats open: Pat Batleman and Bob Corriston are not seeking re-election. Six candidates are vying to fill the two posts.

Municipal elections are nonpartisan, and though they traditionally garner less interest compared to even-numbered election years, these elections can be more impactful to the immediate and local decisions made in one’s home region. The last municipal election in 2019 returned 25.56% (16,455 out of 64,390) of voters casting ballots in Brunswick County. In Leland, 6,974 people voted for council.

Early voting closes Saturday, Oct. 30. There is not a voter ID requirement in the 2021 election, but before heading to the polls Tuesday, readers should run down the voter checklist to:

  • Determine if you’re registered to vote at your current address.
  • Find out if voter registration is inactive or not current. Only registered voters can vote on Nov. 2 and voter registration is allowed up to 25 days ahead of an election. Early voting allows everyone to vote, regardless of registration.
  • Check out a sample ballot ahead of time (after searching and finding your name, scroll halfway down the page to access your sample ballot).

Other questions and answers can be found on the N.C. State Board of Elections page.

Port City Daily dropped the paywall on the below interviews to help voters make informed decisions ahead of the 2021 election year. Still, we appreciate your support of local, independent journalism, which can be accessed through a monthly subscription. Sign up for Port City Daily’s free newsletter, Wilmington Wire, here to receive the daily headlines in your inbox every morning.

All candidates’ responses are printed in full and only edited for grammatical and spelling errors.

Leland Town Council

Allison Dunlap

Jason Gaver

Louis Harmati

Richard Holloman

Bill McHugh

Nicholas Newell


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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