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.


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. 


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.