But Tom Adams' name will still appear on ballot with Randy Thompson

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- What was set to be the only Republican primary race for a seat on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners changed earlier this year when contestant Tom Adams dropped out of the race.

Adams, who serves as chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority, was set to face incumbent Randy Thompson for the District 1 seat. But he dropped out of the race in March after determining there would be a potential conflict with his role as ports' chairman if he won the race. 

Though Adams has dropped out of the race, his name will remain on the ballot for the May 8 primary election because he missed the Feb. 23 deadline to withdraw from the race.

Thompson is now running uncontested in the primary, and will run unopposed in the November general election. Thompson is a Sunset Beach resident and has served on the board since 2014.

Brunswick commissioners serve four-year terms and earn $23,773 annually, while the board chairman earns $29,433 annually.

Reporter Makenzie Holland can be reached at 910-343-2071 or Makenzie.Holland@StarNewsOnline.com.