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City council candidate photo collage
Margaret Haynes (top right) and Neil Anderson (bottom right) are the two incumbents running for re-election.

Last Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington city council candidates participated in the second public forum in front of a live audience during the weekly public affairs show, CoastLine. The show, which aired on WHQR 91.3 FM in front of a studio audience, will be rebroadcast from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 10.

The two-hour broadcast featured all eight of the city council candidates running for three open seats. The candidates include:

  • Margaret Haynes (incumbent)
  • Neil Anderson (incumbent)
  • Paul Lawler
  • John Presswood
  • Frank J. Madonna
  • Hollis B. Briggs Jr.
  • Alvin Rogers
  • Debra Hayes

Starting September 16, Coastline has featured candidates from local races to answer questions from journalists, listeners, and members of a live studio audience. Previous forums included Kure Beach Mayor and Town Council, Oak Island Mayor, and Oak Island Town Council.

The next forums include:

  • October 14, Carolina Beach Town Council
  • October 21, Carolina Beach Mayor
  • October 28, Leland Mayor & Town Council

According to a news release from WHQR, the public is encouraged to participate in the forums by coming to WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery beginning at 11:30 a.m on the day of the forum. Doors will close at 11:58 a.m. to meet a firm start time of noon.  Listeners can also email questions in advance or during the live event to

After it concludes, the audio will be available on the WHQR website and on their iTunes podcast.

James Mieczkowski is a news reporter for Port City Daily. He can be reached at On Twitter: @mieczkowskiPCD

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