Recent college grad running for Emerald Isle mayor - WNCT

Recent college grad running for Emerald Isle mayor

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EMERALD ISLE, N.C. -

A recent college grad is running a campaign to be Emerald Isle's next mayor.

Brandon Staton graduated three years ago from UNC-Chapel Hill.
     
The Newport native said he's gotten a lot of questions about his age. He's only 29 and he's never held public office.
     
The marketing manager at a transportation savings company said he's running for mayor to become more active in the community.

"People may think that because I'm from a younger generation, if you will, that maybe my intention is to come and make radical changes. And that's not the case at all," he said.

Staton said improving tourism is one of his highest priorities.
     
He's hoping to replace Art Schools, who is retiring this year after 12 years as mayor.

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