Mayor, council seat along the North Carolina coast
From Oak Island to Duck, there are hundreds of mayoral races and local council seats for elections along the North Carolina coast. The biggest competition is the Wilmington mayoral race.
Some elections scheduled for this year have been postponed to next year due to a redistribution. Every 10 years, cities that elect local leaders by district must redraw their maps after the Census Bureau releases new population counts. But the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the count and the numbers came out much later than expected.
Elections in New Bern, Greenville, Jacksonville, Elizabeth City and other small towns have been postponed until next year.
Statewide, more than 930 local elections are slated for Nov. 2, many with early voting. More than 200 have been carried over to 2022.
In Wilmington, the mayoral election is taking place this year, with two candidates very familiar with Port City politics. Outgoing President Bill Saffo is running for his seventh term as mayor against Harper Peterson, a former state senator who also served as mayor of Wilmington from 2001 to 2003.
Here is the ballot elections this year for the coastal counties of North Carolina and information on how to vote in each county:
In New Hanover County, mayor and council or commission seats are up for election Nov. 2 in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Each of the elections has options for early voting.
November 2 will be a busy day in Brunswick County with 45 elections for mayor, city councils and boards of directors and other seats. These elections include races for mayor of Southport, Oak Island, Carolina Shores and Bolivia. All Brunswick County elections have early voting options.
In Pender County, there are elections for mayors and committees in Burgaw, Atkinson, Saint Helena and Watha. Surf City has a board seat up for grabs, and there is an open seat at the Topsail Beach Commission. Pender County has early voting for all elections this year.
Columbus County held 15 local elections on November 2, including the mayors of Fair Bluff and Cerro Gordo and the Tabor City city council. The Whiteville City Council elections have been postponed to 2022. Columbus County has an early vote.
There are 11 municipal elections in Bladen County on November 2, including municipal elections in Tar Heel and Bladenboro. Most Bladen County elections have early voting, but Tar Heel elections do not.
Onslow County has nine elections coming up on November 2, including for mayor of North Topsail Beach and Swansboro. Surf City, which is partly in Onslow County, is also holding a council election. Jacksonville city council elections have been postponed until next year. Onslow County has an early vote for the 2021 election.
Dare County has 11 elections for mayors and council or commissioners on November 2. Elections are held in Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Manteo, Southern Shores and Duck. Early voting is available.
In Carteret County, there are 19 local elections, including mayor and council or commission seats in Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and Morehead City. Although there is only one candidate for mayor this year in Morehead City. Carteret County has early voting available.
Elections in Pitt County’s largest city, Greenville, have been postponed to 2022. But there are still 18 elections left for mayor and board seats, including Winterville, Fountain and Farmville. All Pitt County elections have early voting options this year.
There are 15 elections in Pamlico County on November 2, including municipal elections in Oriental, Arapahoe and Bayboro. There is no early voting in Pamlico County.
Beaufort County held 15 elections for local council and mayors on November 2, including municipal elections in Little Washington and Belhaven. All Beaufort County elections except Pantego have early voting options, according to the State Board of Elections.
Jones County held six local elections on Nov. 2 for the mayor and city board seats in Maysville, Pollocksville and Trenton. Advance voting is available for Jones County elections.
In Tyrrell County, Columbia is holding elections for mayor and alderman on November 2. There is no early voting.
In Washington County, elections for the council and mayor seats in Plymouth have been postponed until 2022. But there are elections for mayor and council in Roper and commissioner in Creswell.