Elections 2011

   The results are in for this year’s municipal elections across the Cape Fear Region. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that despite low turnout at the polls, there were a few surprises that surfaced late last night.

A group gathered at the New Hanover County government center last night released a burst of cheerful energy as the results for Wilmington mayor and city council came in across the big screen.

Incumbent mayor Bill Saffo will continue the post he’s served in since 2006.

2011 Election analysis with Ralph Kornegay

Nov 9, 2011
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The 2011 municipal elections in the Cape Fear region, as analyzed by Ralph Kornegay, Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Cape Fear Community College and currently an instructor at UNC Wilmington.

Last night’s city council race in Wilmington proved suspenseful up until the end with two new candidates winning seats.

WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the race between newcomer Neil Anderson and incumbent Ronald Sparks was the evening’s most tightly contested.

Sparks and Andersen were neck and neck until the last precinct reported, inching Anderson ahead to victory with 14.95 percent of votes compared to Sparks with 14.23 percent.

Sparks says he spent all day on the campaign trail to gather support.

Saffo Wins Mayoral Seat in his Fourth Election

Nov 9, 2011

While many races in last night’s municipal elections were tightly contested, several mayoral candidates in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties won by landslides.

WHQR’s Sara Wood reports that the mayoral race in Wilmington proved to be no exception.

Incumbent Mayor Bill Saffo defeated candidate Justin LaNasa by more than 40 percent of votes.

After capturing his fourth term as mayor, Saffo says he’s ready to continue working to improve the city’s existing issues as well as focus on the economy.

The results from this year’s municipal elections are in.

Check out Brunswick County’s race results.

Check out New Hanover County’s race results.

Check out Pender County’s race results. 

Got questions about the election?

Nov 8, 2011
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Wednesday, November 9: Political scientist Ralph Kornegay will be our guest live at 7:40 and 8:40 during today's Morning Edition to discuss yesterday's election returns. Send your questions to feedback@whqr.org.

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Voters in Castle Hayne who cast their ballots at the Riverside Park polling place, walked between advocates holding election signs both for and against the area’s possible incorporation.

James Abbott held up a sign against the measure and voted no for incorporation, but he did vote for possible council members in case Castle Hayne becomes a town.

A shooting at the corner of 13th and Ann Streets in Wilmington caused three schools to briefly go on lockdown Tuesday morning, including Williston Middle School.

The shooting was unrelated to the schools and students, and the Wilmington Police Department is now reminding voters that Williston has reopened as a polling location.

Because of the half-hour lockdown, when voters were not allowed to cast their votes, the New Hanover County Board of Elections extended the Williston polls hours until 8 pm. Other polling locations closed at 7:30.  

Saturday is the last day for early voting in New Hanover County where there are more than 87,000 registered voters eligible for municipal elections. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports that despite the county’s efforts to make early voting more accessible, turnout so far for this election remains predictably low.

Topsail Beach residents will have two mayoral candidates on the ballot next week: incumbent Howard Braxton and Commissioner Buck Taylor.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports both candidates agree that protecting the town’s natural resources with a long-term beach renourishment plan is crucial for attracting tourists, but they suggest different strategies for growing the town’s central business district. 

With municipal elections less than a week away, WHQR News is talking to mayoral candidates, including former Carolina Beach Mayor Ray Rothrock, who is returning to the ballot, as well as current council members Dan Wilcox and Pat Efird.

Election Day is a week away and the WHQR News Team is talking to the candidates for a few heated mayoral races across the Cape Fear region.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that a top concern for Oak Island residents this election season is the growing cost of water and sewer services after the town’s waste water project jumped from $67 million to $150 million. 

Wilmington, NC – Mayoral candidates gathered for an election forum last night at WHQR where media panelists and audience members asked the candidates questions on a variety of issues. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that public safety downtown was a large topic of debate.

Incumbent Mayor Bill Saffo says the city council has done everything it can to hold the line on public safety in the face of tight budgets. He says the police department is doing a good job.

Wilmington Mayoral Forum: Incentives

Oct 24, 2011

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WECT Anchor Jon Evans asked the Wilmignton mayoral candidates this question: "Wilmington is getting ready to hand over its final payment of incentives to Verizon, $125,000 a year. Do you think that was a good deal, and where do you favor incentives if you indeed favor them to lure in business?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – Last night WHQR hosted a mayoral candidate forum and media panelists from WWAY, WECT and the Star News as well as audience members posed questions to candidates Justin LaNasa and Bill Saffo. WHQR's Sara Wood reports Jon Evans of WECT asked about the use of incentives for bringing large businesses to Wilmington.

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, StarNews Columnist Si Cantwell asked the mayoral candidates this question: "There's talk among some city council candidates of abolishing the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority do you support that idea? How would that change affect the City of Wilmington and its residents?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WHQR Reporter Sara Wood asked the Wilmington mayoral candidates this question: "Late-night crime is a continuing public safety issue in downtown Wilmington. How will you tackle this problem in a new way to keep residents safe?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WWAY Anchor Ramon Herrera asked the Wilmington mayoral candidates this question: "What do you think is the greatest responsibility of a mayor?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WECT Anchor Jon Evans asked the Wilmignton mayoral candidates this question: "Annexation supporters often say the alternative to increase revenue is a more equal distribution of sales tax between New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington. Is this a battle worth fighting?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, StarNews Columnist Si Cantwell asked the Wilmington mayoral candidates this question: "StarNews reader Judith Gebauer wants to know what each of you would do, if elected, to improve road safety in Wilmington, both in residential neighborhoods and along busy thoroughfares like College Road and Market Street."

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WHQR News Director and Moderator Michelle Bliss asked Wilmington City Council candidates for closing statements that: "Focus on what specifically you bring to the table and what unique traits make you the candidate to vote for."

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, Wilmington resident John G. asked City Council candidates this question: "Many candidates run on the platform of creating jobs to really create jobs, what you're actually doing is making this an awesome place to be, so business owners will want to come here. How are you going to make this an awesome place to be?

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, Wilmington resident David Padgett asked City Council candidates this question to non-incumbents: "We have a representative form of government in Wilmington, it's not a city that's governed by referendum, so I suppose this question is a bit hypothetical. If a dozen of your constituents call you and express an opinion about a particular item that is not in sync with the information that you've gathered from all the material that you'll read in preparation for a meeting...how would you vote?"

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, Wilmington resident Jim B. asked City Council candidates this question: "Considering that annexation is no longer a viable option, what are the budget options?"

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WHQR Reporter Sara Wood asked the Wilmington City Council candidates this question: "The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County often work with each other to address the needs of the public. With that being said, how would you describe the current relationship between the city and the county, and what would you like to see done differently, if anything at all?"

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WWAY Anchor Ramon Herrera asked the Wilmington City Council candidates this question "During these continued tough economic times, would you support raising taxes if that option was put on the table? Make sure to explain why or why not."

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, WECT Anchor Jon Evans asked the Wilmington City Council candidates this question: "Have you gone through the city's most recent budget? If so, have you identified any of what you consider to be wasteful spending? Please identify."

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington, NC – At WHQR's 2011 live forums, StarNews Columnist Si Cantwell asked the City Council candidates this question: "StarNews reader John Hinnant of Wilmington Downtown, Incorporated wants to know what each candidate has learned while running for elected office that has been a surprise...something you didn't expect along the campaign trail."

 

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email the WHQR News Team.

 

Wilmington City Council Race: Frank Meares

Oct 21, 2011

Wilmington, NC – Early voting began last week and there are more than 6-point-1 million registered voters in North Carolina for this year's municipal elections. WHQR's Sara Wood reports that in the port city's Council race, there are nine candidates running for three open seats, including Frank Meares, a native of Wilmington.

Wilmington, NC – There are nine candidates running for three open seats on Wilmington City Council. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that one candidate, Napier Fuller, wants to create a public safety commission focused on long-term policing strategies.

A graduate of Hoggard High School, Fuller now works in downtown Wilmington for his family's business, Atlantic Brokerage, which owns and operates warehouses, none within city limits.

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