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2021 Election: Allison Dunlap, candidate for Leland Town Council

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LELAND –– Allison Dunlap is running for a spot on Leland Town Council. This is the registered Republican’s first run for town office. Port City Daily has sent a questionnaire to every candidate running in municipal elections, which are nonpartisan, and has dropped its paywall on the profiles to help voters make informed decisions ahead of […]

Talking with Congressman David Rouzer: Earmarks, beaches and farms

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– U.S. Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) represents a district that spans from the Cape Fear region up to Johnston County, roughly along the path of Interstate-40 — and he sees himself on a trajectory.  Rouzer won the seat in 2014, beating out Wilmington players Woody White and Jonathan Barfield Jr. in the process, then […]

Municipal to Midterms: A quick look at where local politicians are getting campaign cash

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — With a local election inbound later this year and a midterm election on the horizon, candidates new and familiar are building bankrolls to compete in their contests. In odd-numbered years the campaign finance reporting requirements for many offices are more relaxed than in even-numbered election years, when candidates must produce four quarterly reports […]

‘A fresh approach to leadership’: Luke Waddell eyes city council seat

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WILMINGTON — “When city council recently approved a 25% pay raise for themselves while raising property taxes via the county’s blanket increase in assessed property values, that was the moment I decided to go all in,” city council candidate Luke Waddell told Port City Daily. Waddell is one of eight candidates looking to fill three seats in […]

Democrat Steve Miller vying for congressional seat in N.C.’s 7th House district

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– Steve Miller knows D.C. Before congressional committees on environmental and energy issues, he’s testified as an expert witness about a dozen times.  After getting his start in the Environmental Protection Agency’s planning and evaluation office in 1973, Miller went on to open his own consulting firm. He continued to work alongside the […]

Leland House of Pickleball founder announces bid for town council

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LELAND –– Richard Holloman, the founder of the Leland House of Pickleball, has announced his bid for Leland Town Council. The businessman was a recent member of the Leland Tourism and Development Committee and is already familiar with municipal functions. A registered Republican, Holloman is a first-timer as he heads into the November nonpartisan municipal […]

‘I get things done’: Bill Saffo, city’s longest-serving mayor, eyes an eighth term

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WILMINGTON –– Mayor Bill Saffo has helmed the Wilmington City Council for 15 years, managing to maintain relationships on both sides of the political aisle as the region’s population base has ballooned.  The city’s longest-serving mayor is seeking an eighth (elected) term leading the dais come fall; in 2006, he was first appointed to the […]

Here’s who’s running for municipal office in the Cape Fear region

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– Election season has rolled around again and the deadline for filing for municipal office this season just passed Friday at noon. Plenty of new and familiar names will appear on ballots across the Cape Fear region come November. Municipal elections are nonpartisan, so there’s no primary before the general election. Below, check […]

Harper Peterson talks why he wants his old job back after 20 years

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WILMINGTON –– With one hour to go before the 2021 municipal filing period closed, Harper Peterson partook in a familiar handoff, turning over his paperwork to the New Hanover County Board of Elections.  Only this time, Peterson is gunning for his old job –– 20 years after he was first elected mayor of Wilmington.  RELATED: […]

Unsettled by insurrection, public defender and former prosecutor Jason Minnicozzi eyes Rouzer’s seat

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– A Cape Fear public defender, turned prosecutor, turned defender is gunning for Republican Congressman David Rouzer’s seat to represent North Carolina’s 7th congressional district.  Jason Minnicozzi watched the events of January 6th unfold in horror, finding himself aghast at the region’s local representation on the federal level.  RELATED: Longtime Brunswick County Commissioner Marty […]