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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ricky Meeks is trying for a fifth time to win a seat on Wilmington City Council. According to the New Hanover County Board of Elections website, Meeks filed his paperwork today, the last day to enter most municipal elections in North Carolina.

Meeks joins a crowded field that includes incumbents Laura Padgett and Ronald Sparks and former City Council member Margaret Haynes. Frank Christopher Meares, Joshua Fulton, Matt Hinson, Napier Fuller and Neil Anderson have also filed to put their name on this fall’s ballot. Incumbent Kristi Campos is not running for reelection.

In the Wilmington mayoral race, incumbent Bill Saffo is challenged by business owner Justin LaNasa. The two faced off in the last two elections, as well.

See the links below for the list of candidates in each county:

Bladen County
Brunswick County (Filing for Navassa and Southport elections runs July 25-August 12)
Columbus County
New Hanover County
Pender County

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  • Wilmington Truth Teller

    He is very intelligent, clever, and resourceful. Which proves my point. There is no reason, he can’t work, like the rest of us.

  • Gramps1935

    I bet nobody’s ever seen Ricky, and GuestLee, in the same room at the same time.

  • GuestHmmm

    for about 15 years now. I too have asked why he is living on disability but is fully capable of moving around as he pleases to attend numerous events and meeting but can’t work. If he is unable to hold down a job with Dysthymia, wouldn’t that be a red flag to having him on city council with poor concentration? He’s a really nice guy but nice doesn’t qualify someone to make important decisions that could effect an entire city.

  • Gramps1935

    Truth Teller
    Truer words have never been spoken.

  • GuestLee

    I see your point; but, here again, he couldn’t do much worse than the bozos already in there.

    There are lots of people on disability who can’t work a 40 hour a week job, but they’re out shopping almost every day at the mall.

    There are many levels of disability. You can’t go by looks; there are a lot of people who don’t look disabled, but they are. Being disabled doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to live as normal a life as possible; and if you can do that AND serve your community at the same time, so much the better.

  • GuestLee

    Thank you! I’m so flattered, Grampa!!!

  • GuestLee

    Oh, I see, it’s all about you. You really shouldn’t judge people unless you’ve walked in their shoes.

    I doubt you know much about Ricky personally, nor do you want to. If he’s so “lazy”, he could stay home playing video games all day chugging down Budweiser and eating potato chips. Instead, he’s walking all over Wilmington, introducing himself and meeting tons of people, willing to serve in whatever capacity he can to help the community he lives in. If he sounds more polished than a lawyer, it’s because he’s not stupid; he just has Dsythymia, which affects your moods, emotions, depression, etc.

    “What would have happened to our country, if half its great soldiers in WWII came down with Dsythymia ?” We’re fortunate they didn’t, because Dsythymia isn’t all that common. However, a lot of our returning soldiers now have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

    Maybe you should go spend a day with Ricky to find out what he really does. But I doubt you could keep up with him.

  • Gramps1935

    I guess two elements of “Dsythymia” are not…..
    1) Being able-bodied enough to walk around town all day.
    2) Sounding more polished then a lawyer, on the radio, when you forgot to play dumb.

    Nobody had a rougher childhood then me. It was many years of hard work, that developed and blessed me.

    We had a term for it 50 years ago. It was called “being lazy” and “expecting a free ride on the backs of other people”.

    What would have happened to our country, if half its great soldiers in WWII came down with Dsythymia ?

  • Guest3333

    There is no one in this entire town that cares more about the success of its citizens, the success of its sporting teams, and everything else that happens here.

    Ricky makes it to more social events, political events, sporting events than any of the current politicians…for no pay, has no car and manages to seemingly always be in two places at the same time.

    He would ALWAYS be on time to every meeting, listen diigently, and I personally believe would actually make decisions with the ENTIRE communities best interest in mind and not be swayed by special interest or his own personal agenda!!!

  • WilmingtonTruthTeller

    He’s too disabled to work. But he’s not too disabled to walk around town all day, show up at meetings, and sounding highly intelligent on the radio. I’ve known him for several years. He’s not nearly as dumb, or innocent, as he pretends to be.

  • GuestLee

    Ricky has Dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression in which a person’s moods are regularly low. The main symptom of dysthymia is a low, dark, or sad mood on most days for at least 2 years. In addition, two or more of the following symptoms will be present almost all of the time that the person has dysthymia:

    •Feelings of hopelessness
    •Too little or too much sleep
    •Low energy or fatigue
    •Low self-esteem
    •Poor appetite or overeating
    •Poor concentration

    The exact cause of Dysthymia is unknown, but it tends to run in families. Ricky’s mother had schizophrenia and passed away at 46. Ricky was raised in Nesbit Courts (a housing project) for a while and then went to foster care, where he was cruelly abused.

    You obviously know nothing about Ricky. He has overcome a lot of negativity in his life, but he keeps going.

  • GuestLee

    If you can’t understand the difference between Ricky Meeks and Brian Burger, you’re a little mentally challenged yourself…and why you live in Wilmington, we will never know either.

  • Frank and Beans

    because you feel at home with the mentally challenged people you condemn because, at heart, you know you’re one of them. The elected official whom you referenced is a county commissioner, not a city councilman. Not as smart as you think you are, are you?

  • GuestLee

    Ricky, this is your year! Go for it!

  • Jim Ferguson

    throwing out another cowardly comment about someone he knows nothing about. While Ricky is not the rocket scientist that I am sure you are, he does have a passion for the well being of this city and truly cares about his fellow man. And that even includes jerks like YOU. You are so freaking ignorant that you don’t even know why you live in Wilmington. I can promise you Ricky does, and I hope his first recommendation is to buy your sorry tail a one way ticket out of here. You are a worthless human being!

  • FREEWILL

    You already elected one mentally challenge person to city council who cant be on time, beats up his girlfriend, withheld information that he was receiving unemployment, got arrested, hit a motorist and barely had insurance and ran up the tax payers bill with a frivolous claim that his records were leaked and yet you all want to turn around and elect ANOTHER mentally challenge person in office?? Why I live in Wilmington, I will never know..

  • Guest757

    The way that the city council has sold us out.. I will be voting for Ricky this year… He can’t do any worse than the so called people in office now..
    Ricky has my vote and plenty of other votes too.. The people in Wilmington are tired…

  • Me Myself and I

    Heard him sounding real sharp on the radio. I don’t know why he dosen’t work, and claims to be “disabled”. As far as I know, he has never worked a day in his life, and lives large off the taxpayers. He always seems to want to put on a show, when there’s a crowd.I know several truly disabled people who, unlike him, have to work hard everyday.
    He’s not nearly as dumb as he wants you to think he is.

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