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Kevin O'Grady: Wilmington City Councilman, 2013-2017

Courtesy City of Wilmington
The mood in city hall chamber was tense as candidates and their supporters awaited results.

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

It was by a margin of mere percentage points, but O’Grady held a steady lead last night while results trickled in.

O’Grady--a New York native and former trial lawyer who will be serving a second city council term—says that last night’s incumbent sweep indicates that Wilmingtonians must be fairly satisfied with the work that  city council members have been doing. He adds, however, that they’ll need to work hard to keep citizens happy.

"I’m glad that the same group is in. We’ve worked very well together for the last four years. We don’t always agree with each other, but you should expect that from a group of seven. The thing is, we get over when we lose a vote. You get over it, and you vote on the next one."

O’Grady's first order of business this term? Seeing that the city gets more green space on the river.