New faces join Wilmington City Council; two members say 'goodbye' - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

New faces join Wilmington City Council; two members say 'goodbye'

Kevin O'Grady Kevin O'Grady
Charlie Rivenbark Charlie Rivenbark
Jim Quinn Jim Quinn
Margaret Haynes Margaret Haynes

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Two newly elected Wilmington City Council members will officially get their seats in council chambers when they are sworn in during Tuesday night's council meeting.

Kevin O'Grady and Charlie Rivenbark defeated long-term councilman Jim Quinn and councilwoman Margaret Haynes.  They both say being on the council has been fun.

"I feel like I really contributed to a better quality of life here, and that's what it's all about," said Haynes.

"It's been a productive time," said Quinn.  "I've met a lot of people good and bad, and I've learned a lot about what it takes to have a city move forward."

Quinn said he has no interest in running again, though he could change his mind years from now.  Haynes, however, is not ruling out another run at public office. 

"I'm sure I'll find some way to serve in the community whether it's elected or appointment or some other method - some volunteer activity," said Haynes.

Both say they have no regrets and believe the council is in good hands, even without them..

Laura Padgett believes the addition of newcomers Rivenbark and O'Grady will help share a balance of power within current council members.  She said she thinks O'Grady will bring new and refreshing ideas to the upcoming meetings.

"Mr. O'Grady brings a different viewpoint that has not been there," said Padgett.  "Most of which I agree with, but I haven't always had support for historic preservation issues and downtown development issues."

O'Grady said he's interested to see how the new group dynamic pans out in the council.  He believes that everyone is in agreement to see Wilmington advance.

Rivenbark concurs with O'Grady and said he intends to go along with what's best for the community, but added he will speak his mind if needed.  After a long process, Rivenbark says he's ready to get to work.

"This year we had an extra thirty days due to a change in the way we were elected, so it was a lengthy campaign season," said Rivenbark.  "It's been about two or three weeks now, and I'm ready to go to work."

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