Mayoral candidates address concerns, hopes in Holly Ridge

Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 03:31 PM.

The two candidates vying for the Holly Ridge mayoral seat stated their stance on key issues during a candidate forum this week.

Anita Dingler and Joseph Edwards participated in a question-and-answer forum Tuesday evening at the Holly Ridge Community Center. The forum was hosted by the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and moderated by Elliott Potter, publisher of The Daily News.

Dingler and Edwards are running in the Nov. 5 municipal election for the seat available after incumbent Elmer Padgett decided to retire after his current term. Kenneth V Roe III, who was not a forum participant, is also vying for the mayor’s office but as a write-in candidate.

Dingler and Edwards were asked a series of questions ranging from safety concerns to the town’s business climate and recent disagreements with the Holly Ridge Volunteer Fire Department over a contract.

When asked their visions for the town’s future development in the next five to 10 years, Edwards said the town already is experiencing a lot of growth with an expansion of residential homes.

Dingler agreed the town had seen residential growth. She said with more residents, the community needs more small businesses on highway corridors along N.C. 50 and U.S. 17, as well as more activities in which citizens can participate, including sports or classes at the community center.

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