Filing period for 2009 municipal elections ended Friday

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The filing period ended Friday at noon for November's municipal elections.

Election headquarters was busy Friday morning as last minute candidates placed their names in a hat for the 2009 election.

"We've seen several come in from Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Carolina Beach," said Election Director Bonnie Williams.  "It's not unusual to see an increase of filings the last day.  We came in the office today expecting that."

Twelve candidates are vying for three seats in Wilmington's City Council, making it the most heated race.

Susan Clarke was one of four who signed up Friday, running for a third time.

"I'd like to give the people in Wilmington another option to vote for me," said Clarke.  "If they like the way things are going, that's fine.  I don't like the way things are going.  I don't think there is sound physical responsibility, otherwise we wouldn't have to annex to make up for our payments."

Ricky Meeks filed for city council for the fifth time Friday.  He believes he can attract the younger votes this time around with the help of technology.

"I'm fairly confident this year for two reasons," said Meeks.  "I have Facebook and I'm going to have a separate web page in the next week or two.  Technology is there more now than ever before."

Dana Page also filed for city council, in addition to first time candidate Everette Hervey.

The upcoming election takes place Tuesday, November 3.  For a complete list of candidates, click here.

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