WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington residents were given an opportunity to meet some of the people running for public office in the city Tuesday night.
Residents of Old Wilmington organized a public candidates' forum to ask them how they will move the city forward.
Eleven people are running for city council seats, and two candidates are running for mayor.
Tuesday, residents asked dozens of questions and got even more answers about what Wilmington leaders need to focus on in the future.
"I wanted to have a chance to look at the people who are running for the city council because I think it's very important that we as citizens stay involved in our government," said Wilmington resident Hannah Vaughn.
Candidates had a chance to speak about their platforms and how to fix some of the city's biggest problems. Wilmington resident Bob DeYoung said safety and the number of bars in town are issues he's concerned about.
The forum questions centered around the downtown area--including ways to bring in new businesses, reduce the crime rate and fix traffic congestion.
"There are issues in an absolutely wonderful city that need to be addressed," said resident Scott Stephenson.
With eleven people running for just three city council seats, some residents simply wanted to get acquainted with the candidates seeking to represent them.
"I didn't know some of the people that were running, and you just like to get a sense of how they answer the questions," said DeYoung.
"I've been very impressed. I think there are a lot of good candidates, and so, I'm going to have to think about that," said Vaughn.
The forum was the first of many that will take place leading up to the November election.
The next public political forum for Wilmington candidates will be held on October 7. Election day is November 3.