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Wilmington City Council Race: Frank Meares

By Sara Wood

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Wilmington, NC – Early voting began last week and there are more than 6-point-1 million registered voters in North Carolina for this year's municipal elections. WHQR's Sara Wood reports that in the port city's Council race, there are nine candidates running for three open seats, including Frank Meares, a native of Wilmington.

Meares works for the American Red Cross and is currently finishing studies in theology and political science at Cape Fear Community College. He says he wants to "save his city," and one way he plans to do that is to reign in reckless spending.

"The spending is the big deal. And if we can pull in that spending it will touch on safety, it will touch on infrastructure it will touch on all the free markets that we are strangling right now for money because we can't pay for everything anymore."

Meares says one way to save the city money is to sell the convention center to a company that would bring in more private sector jobs.

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