WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Campaign finance reports show that one Wilmington city council candidate has raised at least ten times more than some of his competitors.
Skip Watkins took in $10,023 since Sept. 24 and has $7,308 remaining, according to his disclosure report filed with the New Hanover County Board of Elections.
The report shows that Watkins received several contributions from local elected officials, including $650 from Lisa Estep, New Hanover County School Board member; $250 from Woody White, chair of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners; and $100 from Thomas Wolfe, New Hanover County commissioner.
Watkins also received $125 from current city councilman Charlie Rivenbark, who is running for re-election. The two men are competitors since the top three vote getters will earn seats on council.
Council candidates Derek Bickel and Felix Cooper initially indicated that they didn't intend to raise more than $1,000, and they haven't filed records stating that their plans have changed.
Records show Councilman Kevin O'Grady raised nearly as much Watkins. O'Grady took in $9,413.
Incumbents Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan raised far less.
Rivenbark took in $1,000, and Sheridan generated $1,723.
Mayor Bill Saffo, who is unopposed in his re-election bid, took in about $2,500 this election cycle, with $1,000 coming from the Corning Employees PAC and $1,500 from the N.C. Realtors PAC.
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