2019 Elections

Scott Monroe

Scott Monroe’s campaign for a seat on Wilmington City Council marks his first attempt at elected office.  This former firefighter and Marine says his highest priority is smart development and improved public safety.

Brenda Bozeman

The Town of Leland turned thirty this month.  The current population, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, is about twenty-two-thousand people.  That’s growth of about 61% over the last nine years. 

Kevin Spears was born and raised in Wilmington and is on the ballot for Wilmington City Council. As a community activist, he works to combat youth gang violence. He's concerned about Council’s priorities.

Harry Smith Jr. is running for the first time for Wilmington City Council. After watching this year’s short-term rental housing debate, he decided to get involved.  He’s not a fan of how the city gets things done.

Carolina Beach is the largest of the three beach towns in New Hanover County.  At a population of about 6,300, it’s around three times the size of the county’s next largest, Wrightsville Beach and 95% white, according to the U.S. Census.  Median household income is $62,000 a year – higher than nearby Wilmington. 

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North Carolinians in two Congressional districts went to the polls Tuesday.  In the 3rd district, Republican Greg Murphy beat Democrat Allen Thomas by a wide margin – nearly 25 percentage points.  That's not a surprise in a district long represented by the late conservative Congressman Walter Jones.  But the ninth district was a different story. 

Wilmington sales executive Neil Anderson is hoping to win his third term on City Council. He serves on the Transportation Committee and says a key to the continued development of the region will depend on rail and port improvements, and work along the Route 421 Corridor. 

Wilmington Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Haynes hopes to win a third term on City Council.  While she admits a love-hate affair with public service, overall, she is proud of her contributions.  


The candidate filing period opened Friday for the November municipal elections.  It was a quiet kick-off during the long July 4th weekend.