WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is right around the corner, and WWAY wants you to meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council.
Ricky Meeks has become a familiar name and face around town. The 42-year-old was born and raised right here in Wilmington.
“I lived here all my life, and I have seen a lot of changes in the city,” Meeks said. “The main thing about Wilmington is traffic, and, of course, population comes with a city like Wilmington. I’m running for city council because I’m looking out for the future of the city and southeastern North Carolina as a region.”
Meeks, who you can often catch at a bus stop, is an advocate for transportation. The city council hopeful says he will make transportation his top priority if elected in November.
“The number one thing in my mind is transportation; better roads and tourism, maybe one day have a train from Wilmington to Raleigh, and a train to Charleston, SC,” Meeks said.
This election is not the first attempt by Meeks to get on an elected seat. The disabled and unemployed man ran for city council and mayor in the past.
“I ran for city council a few times. I ran for mayor in 2003, ran for New Hanover County School board a few times,” Meeks said.
So why run again? Meeks, with a smile on his face, says he understands some people may not like the idea that he continues to run, but says everyone has the right to, including an everyday citizen like himself.
“We got to remember we have Constitution rights in America,” Meeks said. “My great uncle fought in the Korean War. He was in the US Army, by the way, so that gave me some rights to run as a citizen. People who died for our country did not ask if you were black or white or didn’t ask if you were poor or rich.”
Meeks says he does not feel intimidated by the election process or the possibility of sitting on council. He says he was glad to see so many new faces running this time around, but he hopes in the end the voters will pick Ricky Meeks as their next Wilmington City Council member.
“One thing about Wilmington that we have to keep in mind, that is important to me, is the future of the city,” Meeks said.