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Wed October 10, 2007
Run-Off Ahead for Two City Council Seats
By Megan V. Williams
Wilmington, NC – Yesterday's Wilmington election left two seats on the City Council up for grabs.
Aside from incumbent Laura Padgett, none of the other eleven council candidates took enough votes to claim a seat outright.
Now the top four vote getters must each decide if they'll compete in a run-off for the two open council seats. Those candidates are incumbent Pat Delair with 5,642 votes, Kristi Tomey with 5,223 votes, Ronald Sparks with 4,318 votes, and Susan Clarke with 3,364.
Neither Delair nor Clarke was at the election headquarters to comment on a possible run-off, but Sparks says he's will request a run-off.
"The folks who gave their monies need to know that I'm not going to quite just because I came so close. So I'm close enough to warrant asking the question: let's do a run-off."
Tomey says she's definitely up for the challenge of another month of campaigning.
"I mean, I think we ran a really good race and we're just going to run that same race and we're just going to run hard until the very end."
The City Council run-off will be held on November 6th - which is also Election Day for the rest of the region.