Wilmington City Council

Local - November 6
1:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Bill Saffo: Mayor of Wilmington, 2013-2015

Bill Saffo (far right) was handily reelected in his unopposed bid for mayor.
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
5:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Warm and Sunny Election Day Sees Low Voter Turnout, as Expected

By 4 PM Tuesday afternoon, Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections, predicted voter turnout would reach about 12% of registered voters. 

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Local - Candidate Profile
6:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Candidate Profile: Derek Bickel

Derek Bickel, Candidate for Wilmington City Council, 2013

Derek Bickel is one of six candidates hoping to win one of three seats this November on Wilmington’s City Council. 

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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 21
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Candidate Profile: Felix Cooper, Wilmington City Council

George "Felix" Cooper

During the seventies and eighties, Felix Cooper served as New Hanover County’s finance manager and later, its county manager. Following those sixteen years of local service, a subsequent stint as city manager of Key West in Florida, and several years of retirement, the Democrat is throwing his hat in the ring again.  This time, he’s vying for a seat on Wilmington’s City Council. And, Cooper is a major proponent of increased synergy between the city council and the county commission.

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Local
5:38 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Candidate Profile: Earl Sheridan

Earl Sheridan, Mayor Pro Tem, Wilmington
City of Wilmington

Earl Sheridan is the current Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Wilmington, and he’s running for a third term on City Council.

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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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Local
10:07 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Candidate Profile: Charlie Rivenbark, Wilmington City Council

Charlie Rivenbark, Wilmington City Council
City of Wilmington

Charlie Rivenbark is running for a fourth term on the Wilmington City Council. 

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Local - October 2
5:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Candidate Profile: Kevin O'Grady, Wilmington City Council Member

Kevin O'Grady
City of Wilmington

Four years ago, Kevin O’Grady, a retired lawyer and then president of Residents of Old Wilmington, decided to bring some of his neighborhood association’s priorities into the limelight by running for City Council. Since then, the incumbent Democrat says he’s accomplished what he set out to do—enhance public safety, historic preservation, and forestation initiatives throughout downtown Wilmington. But O’Grady, who’s up for reelection, has a host of related civic projects he hopes to see through during a second term.

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Local
7:26 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Business Brief: Rivenbark says Thalian Hall CPA NOT a recipient of City largesse

As City of Wilmington officials prepare the budget for the next fiscal year, nonprofits and arts organizations are working hard to make their case for the well-documented link between economic development and the arts. 

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