Write-in candidate wins North Topsail Beach Mayor's Race

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WITN) - A current alderman in North Topsail Beach ran a write-in campaign for Mayor and won.

Joann McDermon has served as an alderman for four years in North Topsail Beach. Her name was on the ballot again for that position; her name was not on the ballot for mayor, but she campaigned to be written-in.

Unofficial numbers have McDermon ahead by 33 votes with 113, while the current mayor, Dan Tuman, has 80 votes.

McDermon was also re-elected as an alderman but said she will take over as mayor on November 15th, when vote counts are official.

McDermon has been an alderman for one four-year term and says she wants to improve hurricane recovery efforts and resiliency.

“We still have a lot of work to do. We’re still working with FEMA to recover the town park and get the dunes back, and just have all of the put back together. The town hall is still not back together. We still need to continue our efforts to remove our self from the COBRA legislation,” said McDermon.

CBRA, commonly known as COBRA legislation, prevents many North Topsail Beach property owners from receiving federal flood insurance who are then left to choose between paying for private insurance or not having any insurance at all.

The current mayor of North Topsail Beach Dan Tuman did not return calls Thursday to interview about losing the election.