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Politicians gather with realtors, business leaders at Pork n’ Politics

Local officials gather for a photo at 'Pork n' Politics' Local officials gather for a photo at 'Pork n' Politics'
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (AP/WECT) -

Eighteen local politicians and candidates attended the annual Pork n’ Politics gathering Wednesday night at the Terraces on Sir Tyler.

The event was hosted by the Cape Fear REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Committee for its members.

Democratic commissioner Jonathan Barfield Jr. said this was a great opportunity to discuss local policies.

"The big questions I've been asked tonight are traffic and roads," Barfield said. "The bridge going over the Cape Fear River, what are we doing to indeed help traffic flow back and forth between New Hanover County and Brunswick County? How are we going to help traffic flow back and forth between New Hanover County and Pender County?"

The candidates all are running for office in municipalities within New Hanover County, including Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Kure Beach.

  • Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo
  • Wilmington Councilman Kevin O’Grady
  • Wilmington Councilman Charlie Rivenbark
  • Wilmington Council Candidate Clifford Barnett
  • Wilmington Council Candidate Hollis Briggs
  • Wilmington Council Candidate Perry Fisher
  • Wilmington Council Candidate Deb Hays
  • Wilmington Council Candidate James Ray
  • Wilmington Council Candidate Philip White
  • Carolina Beach Councilman Gary Doetsch
  • Carolina Beach Councilwoman LeAnn Pierce
  • Carolina Beach Council Candidate John Ellen
  • Carolina Beach Council Candidate Tammy Hanson
  • Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox
  • Wrightsville Beach Alderman Hank Miller
  • Wrightsville Beach Alderman Candidate Pat Bradford
  • Wrightsville Beach Alderman Candidate Sounia Chaney
  • Kure Beach Candidate for Mayor Craig Bloszinsky

New Hanover County’s Municipal Election Day is Nov. 7, 2017. To see a list of all the candidates on this year's ballot, tap or click here.

In the last municipal elections in 2015, voter turnout was 10 percent.

Early voting, also called one-stop voting, allows citizens to register and vote at the same time. Early voting for the elections begins on Oct. 19 and ends on Nov. 4. In New Hanover County, the only location for early voting is the Government Center.

In New Hanover County, 164,526 people are registered to vote. About 52,000 people are registered each as democrat and republican, and about 59,000 people are registered as unaffiliated, according to Oct. 11 data from the New Hanover County Board of Elections. 

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