Wilmington, NC – Voting turnout for municipal elections in New Hanover County is typically low, with less than 20 percent of voters casting their ballots in 2009. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that for voters who do make it out to the polls this year, there are nine candidates for Wilmington City Council, including Neil Anderson.
Lowering the city's high unemployment rate is on the top of Anderson's priority list. He says that Wilmington relies too heavily on tourists, second home owners, and retirees for fueling its economy, and that the city needs to diversify its industries in order to reign in younger residents.
"We're going to have to attract some employers that can attract some good, young people back here. Heck, UNCW is attracting some pretty sharp folks these days. Get them stay here. They want to stay here, they just don't have a job."
For more than 20 years, Anderson has been a self-employed, independent contractor in the home furnishings industry. He lives in Wilmington with his wife and three children.
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