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Wilmington City Council Race: Ricky Meeks

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Wilmington, NC – Early voting began last week and there are more than 6.1 million registered voters in North Carolina for this year's municipal elections. WHQR's Sara Wood reports that in Wilmington, nine candidates are vying for three open City Council seats, including Ricky Meeks.

Meeks is a graduate of New Hanover High School and a member of WAVE Transit's planning committee which looks at everything from bus routes to marketing initiatives. He doesn't own a car, so he relies on public transportation.

Meeks says he would like to see a train route connecting Wilmington to other major cities.

"I would like to be the one to bring us a train from Wilmington to Raleigh and a train from Wilmington to Charleston, South Carolina. And what I would like to do is contact other counties and cities along the way and protect a corridor for a train."

Meeks says he plans to work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation if elected to improve the state of Wilmington's aging thoroughfares.

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