Wednesday, February 1, 2023

‘Sustainable economic development’ advocate Devon Scott will challenge Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

Longtime Wilmington resident announced he will challenge Mayor Bill Saffo in the 2019 municipal election. (Port City Daily photo / Contributed)
Longtime Wilmington resident announced he will challenge Mayor Bill Saffo in the 2019 municipal election. (Port City Daily photo / Contributed)

WILMINGTON — Longtime Mayor Bill Saffo will have a challenger in the 2019 local elections, local public speaker, entrepreneur, and self-described ‘sustainable economic development advocate’ Devon Scott.

According to a release from Scott’s campaign, the mayoral candidate “has served as a director on the board for the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, has worked with Step Up Wilmington, and has also been an active participant and supporter in the Wilmington startup and small business communities. He is also an alumni speaker at Wilmington’s first TEDxAirlie event.”

Scott’s campaign issued a brief statement along with the announcement of his candidacy.

“Devon Scott believes that although Wilmington is a city brimming with potential, it has sadly settled for the status quo. Tired of business as usual, he recognizes that our city struggles with many solvable issues, including a housing crisis, underemployment, and a city plan of runaway development that has never been the solution to these and other community problems,” according to a Thursday release.

“In a city with as much potential as Wilmington, Devon’s platform places both eyes on the future: A Wilmington that values its creative and productive talents as an industry, and one that makes high employment opportunities, affordable homes, and clean water a priority in city planning,” the release concluded.

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