Elections 2011

Elections 2011
8:03 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Ronald Sparks

Wilmington, NC – Election Day is November 8th and Wilmingtonians have nine candidates to choose from for City Council. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that Ronald Sparks is finishing up his fourth year on council and is running for a third term this election season.

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Elections 2011
8:01 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Laura Padgett

Wilmington, NC – As the polls opened for early voting in North Carolina Thursday, voters in Wilmington will get to choose three city council members out of nine candidates. WHQR's Sara Wood reports that Laura Padgett is one of the two incumbents running in this race.

Padgett says in her 16 years on city council she's been a strong proponent of public transportation, parks and green space and affordable housing. She says right now there is a need to improve job visibility.

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Elections 2011
7:58 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Neil Anderson

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.

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Elections 2011
7:56 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Ricky Meeks

Wilmington, NC – Early voting began last week and there are more than 6.1 million registered voters in North Carolina for this year's municipal elections. WHQR's Sara Wood reports that in Wilmington, nine candidates are vying for three open City Council seats, including Ricky Meeks.

Meeks is a graduate of New Hanover High School and a member of WAVE Transit's planning committee which looks at everything from bus routes to marketing initiatives. He doesn't own a car, so he relies on public transportation.

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Elections 2011
7:52 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Justin LaNasa: The Full Interview

Wilmington, NC – An excerpt of WHQR's interview with mayoral candidate Justin LaNasa aired this week. The audio posted on this page is the full version of their interview.

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

 

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Elections 2011
7:49 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Bill Saffo: The Full Interview

Wilmington, NC – An excerpt of WHQR's interview with mayor and mayoral Bill Saffo candidate aired this week. The audio posted on this page is the full version of their interview.

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

 

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Elections 2011
7:42 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington Mayoral Race: Bill Saffo

Wilmington, NC – In Wilmington, voters will decide on three city council members and a mayor in this year's municipal elections.

WHQR's Michelle Bliss sat down with current mayor and mayoral candidate Bill Saffo who has served for two terms. Saffo was elected to City Council in 2003. The Council later appointed him to finish the remaining portion of another mayor's term in 2006.

Outside of his public work, Saffo is a broker for Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty.

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Elections 2011
6:23 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Margaret Haynes

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 Margaret Haynes served on the council back in 2009.

Wilmington City Council members selected Haynes to finish Jason Thompson's term when he was elected as a county commissioner. Haynes was chosen from a pool of nearly 40 people and served for a year.

She says that the council needs to support current businesses and seek out new ones.

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Elections 2011
6:21 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Matt Hinson

Wilmington, NC – Early voting for municipal elections begins today in Wilmington where there are nine candidates running for city council. WHQR's Sara Wood reports that retired police officer Matt Hinson hopes to be elected to one of the three seats.

Hinson says his three-decade long career in law enforcement uniquely qualifies him to serve on city council. If elected, he says the city budget would be his biggest priority.

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Elections 2011
9:37 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Wilmington City Council Race: Joshua Fulton

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.

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