Several candidates kickoff their campaigns

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington City Council and mayoral elections are just around the corner, so several candidates kicked off their campaigns this weekend at Hugh MacRae Park.

One of the big topics for November's election includes forced annexation.
"I was annexed in the last one, and all I got was a stop sign at the end of a dead end street and that was it," said Charles Besecker, who is against annexation.

"It'll double my taxes, right, and doubling my taxes in this time and age is not really good," said John Tullous, who is against annexation.

Candidates running for office met with the public to talk about change.

"What I'm looking to do is change the way we budget our dollars, I'd like to see a needs base budget rather than a budget that's based on the expenditures of last year," said Wilmington City Council candidate Michael DeHart.

"I think there's been too much focus on special interest and lobbyists and it's resulted in a lot of fiscal mismanagement," said Wilmington City Council candidate Ben McCoy.

"Overall, the government these days are forgetting about citizens, and what the citizens think," said Wilmington Mayor candidate Paul Knight.  "I want to represent the citizens and not just be a politician."

Whether you agree with them or not, change could be on the way, but it's up to the voters to decide if change is what they want.

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