CoastLine Candidate Interviews: Wilmington City Council - Barnett, O'Grady, Rivenbark

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In the nonpartisan race for Wilmington’s City Council, there are nine people competing for three open seats that carry four-year terms. Two incumbents are hoping for reelection; they are with us today. And one seat is wide open since Earl Sheridan decided not to run again. Despite the fact that presidential election years turn out the highest numbers of voters, municipal elections have the most direct impact on quality of life. This fact is pretty widely accepted. But even the most educated and engaged among us don’t necessarily know the people who are running for Wilmington’s City Council. A political scientist at a well-respected local university admitted that even he couldn’t describe the candidates’, their positions, and city issues. It takes work. Here’s how good we are at doing that work: In the 2015 municipal election, North Carolina voters turned out to the tune of thirteen and a half percent. Brunswick County voters were far more engaged that year: 23% voted. Pender County

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