Topsail Beach newcomers win

Published: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 02:45 PM.

It was rookie night in Pender County as Burgaw’s longtime mayor was ousted by a challenger and two newcomers joined the Topsail Beach Board of Commissioners.

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One incumbent and two newcomers were voted to the Topsail Beach Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Julian Bone will return to the board, according to unofficial results of Tuesday’s election. He will be joined by Tom Eggleston, who led with the highest number of unofficial votes, and Morton Blanchard.

Incumbent Grier Fleischhauer lost his seat, one of three open on the board because Commissioner Ed Broadhurst decided not to run for re-election. Steve Smith and Buck Taylor, a former commissioner who lost the mayoral race two years ago, also did not gain enough votes to be seated.

“I thank the people that had the confidence to put me back in,” Bone said in his home, where he accepted congratulatory handshakes from supporters who stopped by throughout the evening. “We just need to keep working and working hard.”

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