Skip Watkins

Local - November 6
1:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Skip Watkins Loses City Council Race, but Says He'll be Back in 2015

Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

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Local - November 6
1:21 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Earl Sheridan and Charlie Rivenbark: Wilmington City Councilmen, 2013-2017

Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

Last night’s race was a close one. It wasn’t until close to ten o’clock last night that incumbent Earl Sheridan, a political science professor at UNCW, pulled slightly ahead of Skip Watkins, a local financial advisor.

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Local - Candidate Forums
12:39 am
Thu October 24, 2013

WAVE Transit Growth is key to Wilmington's Growth, say Three of Five Council Candidates

WAVE Transit Funding
WHQR News / Data provided by Wave Transit

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The role of WAVE Transit – the public transportation system – that operates both within and beyond Wilmington City limits -- has evolved into a source of heated debate between the city and the county. 

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Local - October 23
11:59 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Wilmington City Council Candidates Debate Modes of Crime Prevention at WHQR Forum

Six Wilmingtonians are running for three open spots on their city’s council. And curbing Wilmington’s highly publicized crime rate is a top priority for each. The hopefuls agree that higher police officer pay would fortify intervention efforts; however, they have disparate ideas when it comes to preventing the root causes of crime. The value of youth-oriented social services is the source of greatest contention.

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Local - October 16
5:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Candidate Profile: Skip Watkins, Wilmington City Council

Brian "Skip" Watkins

Skip Watkins says he’s dreamed of serving in public office his whole life. A father, financial advisor and longtime volunteer with the Cape Fear Festival and Expo and the Azalea Festival, Watkins cites frustration over Wilmington City Council’s recent efforts to acquire a minor-league baseball stadium as the catalyst that ultimately spurred him to run for a seat on the Council. If elected, Skip Watkins hopes to provide the City with a dose of what he describes as “fiscal guidance.”

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