NEW HANOVER COUNTY — While the 2020 elections might dominate the national news cycle, elections for Wilmington officials are happening this week.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5 for Wilmington’s three contested city council seats as well as the mayoral race.
Not sure if you’re eligible to vote in a local municipal election, or not sure where to cast your vote? To check your polling locations and other information, head to the New Hanover County Board of Elections page. Note that five of Wilmington’s polling places have moved this year. Also, the new voter-ID law will not be enforced during the 2019 municipal elections (it will take effect in 2020 for all elections).
Local campaigns don’t get the same attention, but those who get elected make important — and lasting — decisions about development, infrastructure, law enforcement, and how taxpayer money gets spent. Local elections are also, obviously, closer to home, frequently decided by more narrow margins than state or federal elections.
All the more reason to do your homework before Tuesday.
Incumbent Mayor Bill Saffo is facing challenger Devon Scott. You can find a free collection of print, radio, and video interviews along with campaign videos from both candidates here.
There are nine candidates for three open city council seats. Below are the Port City Daily interviews with the candidates, along with links to free print interviews from Encore Magazine and radio interviews with WHQR (soundbites of the interviews are at the top of the page, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the WHQR interviews for the full interview).
- PCD Interview: Neil Anderson — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- PCD Interview: Margeret Haynes — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- PCD Interview: Paul Lawler — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- PCD Interview: Mack Coyle — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- PCD Interview: Scott Monroe* — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- PCD Interview: Harry Smith, Jr. — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- PCD Interview: Kimberly Spader — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- PCD Interview: Kevin Spears — Encore interview — WHQR interview
- Matt Thrift** — Encore interview
You can find video interviews with all the 2019 Wilmington candidates for city council and mayor in a new series from Jon Evans and WECT. Responses are broken down into short videos of responses to individual questions. You can watch for free here.
*Scott Monroe did not respond to the PCD questionnaire but did participate in other local interviews.
**Candidate Matt Thrift did not respond to repeated emails, calls, and a physical letter sent to his registered address. He did participate in the Encore and StarNews interviews.