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Upcoming public forums for Wilmington city council and mayor candidates [Free read]

Things are heating up in the 2019 municipal elections. (Port City Daily/File Photo)
Things are heating up in the 2019 municipal elections. (Port City Daily/File Photo)

[Correction: The ROW forum is on Monday, Oct. 7 — not Wednesday, Oct. 2 as originally indicated in this article.]

WILMINGTON — As the 2019 elections for Wilmington’s mayoral and city council seats approaches, media coverage of the candidates is intensifying — but sometimes there’s no substitute for seeing how a politician answers questions in person.

Voters will get at least three more chances to catch candidates at free public events over th next month.

Southeastern NC Central Labor Council 2019 Wilmington Candidates’ Forum

  • When: Sunday, September 29 — Doors at 3 p.m., event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: IATSE 491 (Film and TV Production Technicians), 1924 S. 16th St.
  • Info: Open to the public, accepting questions from public
  • Contact: (910) 343-9408, submit questions to
Residents of Old Wilmington Candidate Forum
  • When: Monday, October 7 — 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Hannah Block USO Community Center, 120 S. 2nd St.
  • Info: Public forum hosted by WECT News Anchor Jon Evans
  • Contact: Beverly Grasley, (585-755-0560), email at

League of Women Voters ‘Speed Dating’

  • When: Monday, October 21 — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Library, Cape Fear Room, 201 Chestnut St.
  • Info: The candidates will be placed in a circle with a League facilitator. There will probably be two candidates per circle. The residents attending will sit down in a circle, giving each group a chance to see and hear all candidates. Residents will rotate in 15-minute cycles; candidates will have roughly a minute to make a closing comment. The public is urged to attend, bringing questions and concerns.
  • Contact:

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