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2023 City of Wilmington Council Elections: Candidate Kevin Spears

WHQR sat down with all seven candidates for Wilmington's City Council — two incumbents and five newcomers who are running for three seats. On this episode of The Newsroom, an interview with incumbent Kevin Spears.

On this show, an interview with incumbent Councilman Kevin Spears, who was elected to his first term in 2019. Spears was born and raised in Wilmington, and is currently raising his family here. He’s the former president of Peace for the Port, a nonprofit focusing on reducing community violence, he previously ran for school board in 2016 and won in the primary but lost in the general — although he told WHQR he learned a lot of valuable lessons about campaigning that year.

You can find more information about Spears at his campaign site, here.

Most of our questions for Wilmington City Council candidates in the 2023 election come from our Community Agenda. Find out more about that project here.

Find all of our 2023 election coverage here.

Ben Schachtman is a journalist and editor with a focus on local government accountability. He began reporting for Port City Daily in the Wilmington area in 2016 and took over as managing editor there in 2018. He’s a graduate of Rutgers College and later received his MA from NYU and his PhD from SUNY-Stony Brook, both in English Literature. He loves spending time with his wife and playing rock'n'roll very loudly. You can reach him at BSchachtman@whqr.org and find him on Twitter @Ben_Schachtman.