Wilmington, NC – Early voting starts today and voters have nine candidates to choose from to fill three open seats for Wilmington City Council. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that candidate Joshua Fulton is vying for one of those spots. He's a UNCW graduate student and teaching assistant.
Fulton says he would vote to change zoning practices in the city to make them less restrictive in order to attract new businesses. He says that strict rules are hurting development.
"If you're developing multi-family housing units, you have to have 35% of your tract devoted to green space or open space what if you don't want to do that? They tell you where your trees can be, what type of trees, how far they are from your house, and if they're not exactly what they require, they can give you thousands and thousands of dollars worth of fines."
Fulton also supports dissolving the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and returning to separate city and county systems. Before moving to Wilmington, he worked as a financial auditor and public school teacher in New York.
WHQR's series on Wilmington City Council candidates will continue Friday and Monday.
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