"And the Winner is..." BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We're changing course a bit for next week's "And the Winner is..." We'd like to know who's your favorite local politician? Has your favorite elected official lived up to their campaign promises? Do you appreciate their vision and the ideas they have for our future? Who would you vote into the office of BEST POLITICIAN in the Cape Fear?

We'll announce the winner Friday on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m.

PAST WINNERS INCLUDE:

Best Irish Pub: The Dubliner (3/11)
1756 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401-6138
(910) 343-8342

Best Wrightsville Beach Restaurant: 22 North (3/4)
22 North Lumina Avenue
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 509-0177

Best Breakfast: K'S CAFE & BAR (2/18)
6322 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 791-6995

Best Lunch Sport: Temptations Everyday Gourmet (2/11)
2 Wilmington locations

Best Sushi: The Bento Box (2/4)
1121 Military Cutoff Road, L
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 509-0774

Best Women's Clothing Store: Stein Mart (1/28)
3501 Oleander Drive #1
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 772-1533

Best Downtown Restaurant: Copper Penny (1/21)
109 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1373

Best Place to Buy Wine: Noni Bacca Winery (1/14)
420 Eastwood Road, #108
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 397-7617

Best Local Gym: CrossFit Coastal (1/7)
5726 Market Street
Wilmington

Best Electronics Store: Soundtronics (12/24)
5715 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 395-6004

Best Jewelry Store: Reeds Jewelers (12/17)
Independence Mall & Mayfaire Town Center
Wilmington

Best Toy Store: Warehouse 9 (12/10)
814 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 793-6711

Best Place to Buy a Christmas Tree: Cape Fear Optimist Club (12/3)
Kmart Parking Lot
815 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Best Bookstore: Pomegranate Books (11/19)
4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington
(910) 452-1107

Best Radio Morning Show: Carter & Jackie in the Morning (11/12)
102.7 GNI

Best High School Marching Band: North Brunswick High School (11/5)
Leland

Best Haunted Attraction: Grissettown Longwood Fire Department Haunted Trail (10/30)
758 Longwood Road
Ocean Isle Beach

Best Fried Chicken: Smithfield's Chicken 'n Bar-B-Q (10/23)
Three Wilmington/Leland locations

Best Steak: Texas Roadhouse (10/16)
230 Eastwood Road, Wilmington
(910) 798-1770

Best French Fries: P.T.'s Olde Fashioned Grille (10/9)
Six Wilmington/Leland locations

Best Chinese Food: Szechuan 132 (10/2)
419 S. College Road, Wilmington
(910) 799-1426

Best Italian Food: A Taste of Italy (9/24)
1101 S. College Road, Wilmington
(910) 392-7529

Best Place to Watch a Football Game: Hell's Kitchen (9/17)
118 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 763-4133

Best Chicken Sandwich: Chick-Fil-A (9/10)
Five Wilmington locations

Best Florist: Moxie Floral Design Studio (9/3)
116-A Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 202-2695

Best Buffet: Golden Corral (8/27)
5130 New Centre Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 392-1984
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5211 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 392-7777

Best Bagel: Empire Deli & Bagels (8/20)
7419 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411-9454
(910) 686-6755
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1105 New Pointe Blvd
Leland, NC
(910) 383-8383

Best Iced Tea: Sonja's Grill (8/13)
15 Coastal Drive Southwest
Supply, NC 28462
(910) 754-5115

Best Bakery: Apple Annie's (8/6)
837 South Kerr Avenue
Wilmington
(910) 799-9023

Best Sub Sandwich: Sub Stop (7/30)
2432 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401-7655
(910) 343-0097

Best Burrito: Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn (7/23)
4002 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403-6815
(910) 799-2919

Best Ice Cream: Calabash Creamery (7/16)
9910 Beach Drive Southwest
Calabash, NC 28467-2710
(910) 575-1180

Best Burgers: Sonja's Grill (7/9)
15 Coastal Drive Southwest
Supply, NC 28462
(910) 754-5115

Best Hot Dogs: Paul's Place (7/2)
11725 US Highway 117 S
Rocky Point, NC 28457
(910) 675-2345

Best Coffee: Jumpin' Java (6/25)
4635 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470
(910) 754-5282

Best Wings: Mama Brava's (6/18)
119 Holden Beach Rd SW
Shallotte, NC 28470-1787
(910) 754-5151

Most Romantic/Best Restaurant to take a Date: Freddie's Restaurant at Kure Beach (6/11)
111 K Ave
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-5979

Best Donuts: Britt's (6/4)
Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Best Pizza: Princess Pizza (5/28)
204 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401-3951
(910) 772-8006

Best Seafood Platter: Something Fishy (5/21)
3436 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412-0908
(910) 395-0909

Best Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich: Flip's BBQ (5/14)
5818 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403-4769
(910) 799-6350

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Why not Ricky Meeks?! Look at the rest of the arrogant crooks running things in Wilmington these days. It's the honest truth! I was raised in Wilmington, and have seen the changes for sure. It's so sad to see the way things are in Wilmington now. I'm glad to have gotten the heck out while my family still had a chance! At least Ricky Meeks is friendly to people, and people KNOW who he is! Can't be any worse than those idiots in office right now---especially Jason Thompson! Talk about a sack of something. He's one of them!

Jon David is my worst nightmare! I went out and worked for him but he and some of his staff are arrogant! My idea of a public servant is someone whom wants to help us instead of wasting our tax dollars trying a case that he has proof that won't be a case! He is so full of himself GOD help those of us under his throne!

Ricky Meeks! No doubt about it! He's approachable, has common sense, and truly has the welfare of Wilmington in his heart!

Susi Hamilton!!!

She was only rep in local delegation to support the tax and spend wilmington city council.
Hamilton supports their desire for more land grabs and forced annexation.
Hamilton supports their tax and spend policy.
Hamilton supported taxpayer money for the Gravely and MS McColl
Suzi Q is just another saffo tag along-which we cant afford and no longer want.
QUITE THE CONTRARY SHE IS HIGHLY PARTISAN AND is part of the ultra liberal crowd. She may be a nice person but she is absolutely terrible in these changing times for our community

SUS HAMILTON has my VOTE FOR BEST POLITICIAN. Over the years, I have watched her as
she visits every community, learns their issues, does her research, weighs both sides fairly,
and comes up with a smart strategy as a WIN-WIN for all. Not many can claim the innate
ability to understand both sides...but as a true DEMOCRAT raised in a Republican family,
SUSI has been 'listening to both sides' her entire life.

She has gained immeasurable experience in her work as a City Planner, with DARE, in
economic development, historic preservation, etc...and is a strong, outspoken, articulate
woman with a passion and a purpose to better the lives of everyone in her district..
in her town..indeed in her world. HANDS DOWN...SUSI HAMILTON FOR BEST POLITICIAN!

My VOTE is for Ricky...at least he never gets elected! And besides don't you spell it TOM??!?!

There should be no question. Thom Goolsby of course!!

Forget Lebron, Wade and Chris , can we draft Sheen and Thompson for city council this year. We bring Thompson back and we add Sheen-he doesnt have a job right now but maybe he could come to wilmington?
At least city council would be a bit funny inspite of the fact they are bankrupting us in so many ways. Just think about it-----please

Without a doubt---- GOOLSBY!!!!!

Here is a local politico who is tied in with developers-and has supported the wilmington agenda for more taxes and spending and Hamilton supports more forced annexation. She has accomplished nothing-Ok maybe that is what qualifies her for best in show?

I CAN'T AGREE WITH EARLIER POST--I THINK PADGET DESERVES TIO BE #1 IN COMMUNITY-
SHE NOT ONLY HAS VOTED FOR HIGHER TAXES AND SPENDING
SHE HAS VOTED NUMEROUS TIMES FOR FORCED ANNEXTAION
SHE SUPPORTS GIVING TAX PAYER MONEY TO THE ARTS
SHE HAS ARROGANTLY SPENT TAXPAYER MONEY

GIVE HER A CHANCE-SHE HAS EARNED IT!!

With all due respect to the ladies-let's be fair. On all the points you mention let's give credit where credit is dserved. On all the points you folks make we can add the Convention Center, the Gravely/McColl gift and our very own SKYWAY GOLD PLATED BRidge to the list of Saffo accomplishments. The ladies have done their share, but if we are really fair and objective Saffo take the case-along with other things.

Pantano... Actually, I'd like to see a libertarian get elected.. That would be very interesting...

We have media like wway3 and the few good politocs we have are subjected to sleaze attacks from nut cases and this station. No wonder we have the likes of the cast of characters on city council-tomey-padget-sheridan-saffo and the other boys and girls. Thank heaven for some new blood-they may not last long but at least we will have an improvement for a little while. Transparency-no to the arts using our money- a budget on line- a willingness to take on special interests--not the clowns on city council- I'd take the county leaders anyday--and that includes thompson

I thought Goolsby until he thought spending $100,000 on commemorative signs for a highway was a good idea in this economy.
He did this in his first 60+ days in office; imagine what he can do with the balance of his time in office.
I voted wrong. Sorry folks

One of many reasons to RECALL Goolsby

Money to be earmarked

HB 14: Vietnam Veterans and Beirut Memorial Signs. This bill appropriates $50,000 for the Department of Transportation to erect new signs and replace the old ones along NC Hwy 24 and US Hwy 17 directing people to the various veterans’ memorials in Jacksonville, NC. Sponsored by: George Cleveland [R] and Phillip Shepard [R]. STATUS: February 28th, re-referred to House Committee on Appropriations. EARMARK: $50,000.00.

The comment that Thom was going to spend $100K for signs for the Commemorative Highway is nonsense. He said there would be no financial impact as the signs would only be replaced with the new signs when the signage was due to be replaced during regular maintanence - not before. So the new signs would be rolled in - no extra cost!

Hey what about carolyn--heck of alot better lady than hamilton for sure

When the signs need replacing, he wants them replaced with language honoring the USMC. Most people who oppose that think that he wants to remove perfectly good signs and replace them. Gooslby has made very good decisions so far, I hope he continues.

Denbrin - Kevin Wuzzardo called the DOT and found out the signs Goolsby wants to post along Highway 17 are not the same signs that would be replaced when they fall into disrepair.

The DOT says if he wants to have signs along the highway with a name on them, they would have to be brand-new.

Scott Pickey
WWAY News Director

I'm sorry, was is Scott Pickey that took the time to write this or was it a commentator that is just completely ignorant? OF COURSE the signs to REPLACE the old signs would have to be new brand-new, there is no such thing as old-new when it comes to replacing highway signs, they don't peel off, scrub down, re-face, and replace used highway signs!!! If a sign comes down it gets replace with a new one, no cost difference between due to what stickers are put on the sign. Our citizens need more common sense training in high school, maybe they will have the opportunity to get that in the private schools that Sen. Goolsby and the rest of the Senate was finally able to increase.

There is a favorite? Maybe the question ought to be who is the least corrupt or most?

Corruption.That's primarily all we see within the government.Regardless of the governing body, whether it be Federal,State or local.Corruption.North Carolinians have corrupt politicians running out of our noses.Every time I say the word Politician I get this sick taste on my lips,you know - like I just vomited.I wouldnt trust a politician to show the way to the nearest johnnyhouse.NC seems to be a mirror image of Washington DC.

None of them. They are talking about adding another state senator for our area. We have enough idiots in Raleigh. How about sinking that money into education or infrastructure, rather than to another politician

Instead of a category that has no answer and IS not news worthy. Here are some terrible other categories that are STILL BETTER then Who is the best politician...

10. What street do you love to get parking tickets on?
9. Who is your favorite DMV employee?
8. What was the amount of your best CFPUA bill?
7. What is your favorite place to annex?
6. What is your best reason reason for NOT voting for Ricky Meeks over other candidates?
5. What is your favorite thing to do when the Cape Fear Bridge gets stuck open and then breaks electrically?
4. Who was the last Azalea queen who ever heard of Wilmington?
3. Where is your favorite place to see the homeless?
2. Where do you think Catherine Moore is?
1. Name your top ten reasons the Convention center will forever lose money.

What jobs will the created when the city gives thousands of dollars to the art council?

Love your list. When I lived in Wilmington I always voted for Ricky.

This list blows any of David Letterman's list out of the water. Awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10. Just about anywhere downtown.
9. Fran* She is as pleasant as a rabid Rottweiler with a tooth ache. *Name has been changed to protect the incompetent.
8. Way too much
7. Any part that has money to add to the coffers.
6. He might do better than the clowns we currently have.
5. Take a nap.
4. Don't think that has ever happened.
3. See answer to number 10.
2. Who cares? As long as it isn't here.
1. They all do.