Upset in North Topsail Beach as Burns unseats Tuman for mayor


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – Over in Onslow County, North Topsail Beach is going to be dealing with flooding damage and keeping homes from being lost into the ocean for some time in the future. And some people kept that in mind when they headed to the polls. In the mayoral race, incumbent Daniel Tuman only got  41% of the votes, Donald Martin had 8%, and your new mayor is Fred Burns with 51% of the votes.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ELECTION RETURNS

All three candidates stood outside all day in the pouring rain trying to get as many voters as possible to mark their names on the ballot all while sending in results to the state in hopes of becoming the next mayor of North Topsail Beach.

With heated topics throughout the race, including discussions involving saving the north end of the island, a terminal groin and beach renourishment. In the end, it was newcomer Fred Burns, who took home a win Tuesday night.

Burns has a background in business and thinks someone with more knowledge of that understanding should step in, reiterating that the previous mayor’s plan to save the north end of the island has not been working.

WNCT’s Jacqueline Matter got a chance to talk to him about beating out incumbent Dan Tuman, who was looking for his fourth term as mayor.

“What they tried didn’t work, the people knew it didn’t work and they want to try something different,” said Fred Burns.

Moving forward, Burns says he will be utilizing new technology to help save the north end by getting different perspectives and is looking into working with the Army Corps of Engineers to move the inlet.

Another interesting fact is Joann McDermon and Walt Yurek, who ran with Burns also won their alderman race, a complete takeover of their run for office.

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