My Turn: No challenger steps up to face Mayor Saffo - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

My Turn: No challenger steps up to face Mayor Saffo

Posted: Updated:
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo filed for the upcoming municipal election. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo filed for the upcoming municipal election.

I don't know why, but I wonder about the weirdest things.  When it was announced that Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo is running unopposed this year in his bid for re-election, I was a little surprised. 

Not because Saffo is particularly unpopular, he seems to be liked by both Republicans and Democrats, but I was almost certain he would be challenged this year. 

Saffo is a Democrat in a town that has an increasingly growing number of Republican leaders.  But that wasn't the main reason I thought he'd have some opposition.

It wasn't that long ago we were debating the merits of spending millions of taxpayer dollars to attract a minor league baseball team by building a stadium. 

That effort prompted a large outcry from a group of business people and residents and a few conservative politicians. They railed against the city's proposed spending. They singled out Mayor Saffo in particular for his support of the ballpark project.

I just knew that the mayor was in for a fight to keep his spot at the top.  But it didn't happen.  I guess maybe those people who were so outraged last year must be satisfied with the direction the city is headed in now.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow