New Wilmington councilman sworn in

Councilman Kevin Spears speaks to WECT's Frances Weller

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) -There’s now a new face on city council.

Kevin Spears took over Paul Lawler’s seat on the Wilmington city council and was sworn in Tuesday night.

Spears says he’s excited to bring a new perspective to the council. Jobs, wages and affordable housing are all important issues to the new leader.

“Trying to get jobs and companies here who will pay better. We want to see all of the people of Wilmington living better, and able to invest in the city. When you invest in the people, they will invest in the city. It’s that type of partnership we want with the citizens of Wilmington,” said Kevin Spears.

The new councilman says reports about recent shootings in the past two weeks have the attention of city hall and have people across the community concerned. He believes a possible solution is simpler than people might think.

“Just trying to get people together to sit down and have a conversation. And possibly iron out whatever the issues may be, for you know, it’s the holiday season. We want things to simmer down, simmer all the way down,” said Spears.

A recount was held in the city council race, but that didn’t change the outcome of the election. In the end, Lawler lost his seat by just five votes.

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