Newcomer leads way in unofficial results for Wilmington City Council

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Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 1:10 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 10:28 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Two incumbents were unofficially reelected to the Wilmington City Council while a newcomer led the way in votes.

Luke Waddell led all candidates with 9,806 votes while Charlie Rivenbark (9,480) and Clifford Barnett (9,096) will remain on the City Council.

The vote totals are unofficial until they are canvassed by county elections officials.

The winners will serve the city for a four-year term.

Barnett says he aims to help the city manage growth, create better jobs, develop better public transpiration options, and make affordable housing a priority. As the Pastor of the Warner Temple AME Zion Church, he’s also aims to grow partnerships in the community.

Rivenbark was born and raised in New Hanover County and has served five terms on city council, having been elected first in 1993. Rivenbark has owned and operated several local restaurants and has a background in commercial real estate. He says his goal is to create job opportunities, affordable homes and ensure safe neighborhoods.

Waddell is a small business owner and local entrepreneur. He says he would like to curb violent crime, bring economic prosperity, and ensure the city’s growth remains sustainable.

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