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Candidate Questionnaire: Joann McDermon For N. Topsail Beach Mayor

1. What are your greatest strengths and skill set that will make you a good elected official?

Organization, communication, listening and negotiation skills.

2. Is there a particular issue that motivated you to run for office?

I'd like to finish the projects currently underway to renourish the beach, establish a bike lane, build a new firehouse and expand our community events.

3. Do you currently or have you ever held an elected office before, and if so, what office?

I am currently the Mayor of North Topsail Beach.

4. As an elected official you will have to make decisions regarding zoning. What, if any, is your experience with zoning and how will it benefit the voters if you are elected?

North Topsail Beach has a comprehensive CAMA land use plan that guides the boards decisions regarding Zoning. As you know, we are mostly residential.

5. Traffic is a major issue, especially during the tourist season. One concern is the lack of sidewalks and dedicated bike paths. Do you agree this is a concern and if so, what would you like to see changed or added regarding sidewalks and bike paths?

We are working with the DOT currently regarding a bike path expansion.

6. Our area is unique in the fact that we are comprised of several small towns and two counties. Do you feel it is important to work alongside the neighboring towns/counties and are there any specific issues you want addressed or feel needs more work?

All the island towns and Holly Ridge work closely together. We also have a great relationship with Onslow County which is where North Topsail Beach resides.

7. Hurricanes are a way of life in coastal areas. 1) Do you feel your town is properly prepared to handle a major storm? 2) What improvements, if any, would you like to see take place, regarding communication, shelters, or staff?

North Topsail Beach needs to work towards an off island Emergency Operations Center and Stormwater projects to improve drainage after storm events.

8. If elected and a proposal was created regarding term limits, would you support it?

The charter for North Topsail Beach outlines the term limits of the Mayor being 2 year terms. I am not looking to request a change to the current Charter.

9. As time is always precious, do you agree that as an elected official, it is your responsibility to learn about the topics to be discussed ahead of time to help expedite discussions and decisions during the meetings?


10. If your community has paid parking: What issues do you have regarding the current program and would you work to change or alter the existing program in your community?

I am not looking to make any requested changes to our program. We in North Topsail Beach are lucky enough to have Onslow County as a partner. There are several Onslow County lots that offer free parking

11. Tell me something about yourself that may be of interest to the community.

I am a resident of North Topsail Beach and also have investment properties in Sneads Ferry. I moved here full time in 2013 and love it here. I am lucky enough to have the children and grandchildren close by. I would like to continue to serve the residents of North Topsail Beach for the next few years to complete some of the in work projects, several beach projects are underway, a bike lane and a new desperately needed fire station.


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