WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is less than a month away and WWAY wants you to meet your candidates for Wilmington City Council. Today we sat down with Joshua Fulton, who describes himself as a fiscal conservative.
As one of the leading non-incumbent candidates for Wilmington City Council, Fulton’s name and face can be seen all over Wilmington. But who is he?
“I was born in Massachusetts. I went to NYU for undergrad, stayed there for about eight years,” Fulton said. “I was an auditor for AIG. I was a math teacher in the public schools, and I came down here a little over two years ago to go to grad school”
Fulton is not only a graduate student at UNCW, but a teaching assistant as well. He says his previous work experience will be a great asset if elected.
“Being an auditor is possibly the best experience you can have to be a city council member, because you have to look at budgets, and you have to make independent decisions about what makes a sense in the budget and what doesn’t,” Fulton said.
The 31-year-old says he has never run for public office, but he felt like now is the time to get involved with the high unemployment rate and other issues that have become problems.
“I think our tax burden is a big problem,” Fulton said. “I think our zoning codes are too elaborate, there are big obstacles to starting business in Wilmington. Water and sewer rates seem to be spiraling higher and higher.”
As a candidate Fulton has received significant attention, both good and bad. Most recently the website www.therealjoshuafulton.com has surfaced, which says it exposes Fulton’s true motives.
“It’s a hateful thing,” Fulton said of the site. “I’m surprised by it. I was not enthusiastic or happy about it at all, but and at the same time brushed it off. I think it’s just a little thing I’m not to concerned about.”
Concerned or not, Fulton did address some of the website’s claims, like whether he can even support himself.
“I do make enough money to support myself otherwise I would be in the streets. I teach two classes at UNCW in the creative writing department. I’m also working part-time this campaign season and then I go out and campaign,” Fulton said.
Fulton says despite what distractions may be out there he hopes the voters of Wilmington will see that it’s time to elect someone who is willing to work.
“I don’t see them putting in the effort, and that has big ramifications when it come to city government.”
In the coming week’s WWAY will introduce you to the other Wilmington City Council candidates. Tomorrow we’ll profile Napier Fuller.