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WHQR News brings you up-to-date Elections 2011 converage.Mayoral candidates gathered for an election forum on October 24th at WHQR where media panelists and audience members asked the candidates questions on a variety of issues.

Wilmington City Council Race: Margaret Haynes


Wilmington, NC – Early voting starts today and voters have nine candidates to choose from to fill three open seats for Wilmington City Council. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that candidate Margaret Haynes served on the council back in 2009.

Wilmington City Council members selected Haynes to finish Jason Thompson's term when he was elected as a county commissioner. Haynes was chosen from a pool of nearly 40 people and served for a year.

She says that the council needs to support current businesses and seek out new ones.

"They have an obligation to make it easier for people to come to the city, and to do some entrepreneurial things, to have small businesses, to maybe reduce red tape so there are not so many hoops to jump through. And just make the administrative process more user-friendly."

Haynes has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's in public administration. Election Day is November 8th.

Note: Haynes is a member of WHQR's Board of Directors.

WHQR's series on the nine candidates running for Wilmington City Council will continue Friday and Monday.

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