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Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — In the race for Wilmington Mayor, incumbent Bill Saffo reclaims the seat with 71% to Justin LaNasa’s 29%. This is Mayor Saffo’s third elected term as Mayor.

“It’s humbling, it’s a humbling experience every time you go through a process like this; be elected by the people when you bring your, everything you’ve talked about on the campaign out there, you’re telling the voters what you want to do, you’ve also shown them what you can do, what you have done,” Saffo said. “It’s a referendum on a person. I’m very honored to be the Mayor of this great city.

Mayor Saffo also explained what he hopes to see accomplished during his upcoming term.

“I think we have to continue to work and find ways to bring jobs to our community, enhance the business opportunities here, look for ways to cut some of the red tape we heard during the campaign. Try to do more with less, and to work with the fellow council members to try and move the community forward.”

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2015 years 9 months ago

“There are some employees working full time for the city who are drawing food stamps.” – Guest1234512345

Be responsible and quit having babies (that’s a sweeping generalization, but I believe the NC DSS primary objective is to provide low-income FAMILIES with assitance. Do people without a child receive foodstamps?). This is the main reason our city, state, and federal governments are going broke in the first place, entitlement programs. Reinvest the money saved after eliminating these programs into creating viable jobs and putting willing people to work.

30% of your workforce has been eliminated, becuase your colleagues are drawing federal assistance. Consequently, bleeding the federal pocketbook dry, leaving no money available to push down to state governments and local municipalities. Blame your co-workers who receive government assistance, for your lack of receiving a raise.

2015 years 9 months ago

As far as working for the city and not receiving a raise in three years, try taking a pay cut.

I work for a private company and we have had a number of rounds of layoffs. I am fortunate to still be employeed with the company and have taken on more responsibility, since we have almost half the number of employees that we had 3 years ago.

18 months ago, in leui of more layoffs, employees were asked to take a paycut indefinately. Me and all of my co-workers were happy to do it.

Yes, our benefits have been cut as well. Our healthcare costs have increased while our deductibles have increased and our coverage has decreased.

We have not seen any 401K matching since 2008 and won’t for a while. We have not received a Christmas bonus in 3 years, and definately won’t this year either.

Still, at the end of the day, I am thrilled to still be working and so are my co-workers. My company is doing the best it can. By keeping the remaining employees on the payroll, I (along with my fellow employees) am continuing to pay taxes, which in turn, allows you and your fellow coworkers to keep your jobs.

Please, give it a rest. Read the news, everyone has cut back, the government should be no exception.

Guest Apu
2015 years 9 months ago

I’m not being disrespectful, and have never called anyone a Nazi in my life. If you dislike your job so much, quit. Otherwise, stop complaining. We’re all struggling out here, and many are getting no raises and even taking cuts. So don’t try to make me look like the bad guy for stating the obvious, that the economy sucks and we’re all struggling.

Guest Apu
2015 years 9 months ago

You’re the one who sounds like a socialist, wanting us to chip in for you to have a raise because your job doesn’t pay as well as ours…

Guest Apu
2015 years 9 months ago

This is true across the board, in private businesses as well as government workers.

I work for a small company that has laid-off 15% of their workers, so the remaining employees have a higher work-load. We’ve received only token raises the last 3 years, and had our health care coverage cut dramatically in the form of high co-pays, higher deductibles, and a cut in the % of costs that are paid by insurance after we’ve met the deductible.

The poor economy affects everyone, including government workers. Why should government workers be exempt from the pains affecting the population in general?

2015 years 9 months ago

At least you received a raise, even if it was a “token”. City workers received nothing…zip…nada.

We’ve gone from over 1,100 employees down to around 800, an almost 30% decrease of employees. There are some employees working full time for the city who are drawing food stamps.

I realize the economy is affecting everyone, but they’re not expected to pick up people’s trash, or work on their flooding issues, or respond to fires and crimes with less than the people they need, and then get yelled and cursed at because they’re not able to do it all.

City workers are always underappreciated for the jobs we do. We don’t expect to be exempt from “the pains affecting the population in general”, but we do expect to be able to voice our frustrations about it from time to time.

Guest Apu
2015 years 9 months ago

My point is that everyone is suffering. At this point, I’m simply thankful to have a job when there are so many unemployed people who would love to take my place. I’m not going to go around complaining about not getting raises or having my benefits cut. My employer is doing what he can to keep his remaining employees working in a bad economy.

When the entire economy is in recession, having government employees complain about not getting raises is offensive. Taxpayers, the people who pay your salary and benefits, generally aren’t getting raises either. Many business owners are making LESS money than they did a few years ago (at least your salary hasn’t decreased). About 10% of the population is unemployed, and along with that, don’t have any of the employee benefits you’re complaining about being cut for you.

Yet, you’d ask all these taxpayers to pay to give you raises, when they’re dealing with the same economic problems as you are. The city’s problems are symptomatic of the economy in general. When the citizens are suffering financially, the city’s coffers (and your compensation) will suffer as well.

But feel free to voice your frustrations. For now, you complaints will probably fall on deaf ears.

2015 years 9 months ago

I got your point the first time. You didn’t have to repeat it. But you apparently didn’t get mine, because you never mentioned how we empty your trash and protect your life and property and have to put up with the same disrespect you’re throwing at me now.

So, from now on, when your trash isn’t picked up, or your house is on fire or flooding, or you get robbed…..call your employer. Since he’s so wonderful, I’m sure he won’t mind coming to your rescue.

You work for a small company; I work for a whole city. I’ve done jobs for the city you wouldn’t even consider doing because you would think it was beneath you. And I still have to smile and nod and say, “yes, sir” while you’re cursing at me and calling me a Nazi. Because this is the only option I have to take care of my family.

I’ll tell you what’s offensive. Paying a worker so low that they have to draw food stamps to feed their families. Raising the rates on health insurance so high that some workers have to drop their insurance because they have to choose between health insurance and their kids being able to have a roof over their heads. Companies brainwashing employees into believing they can’t afford to give them an increase because of “the economy” when they seem to be able to find money for all the programs THEY want to accomplish.

I didn’t hear you yelling and screaming when the county gave their employees a 1% increase. Where was your indignation then? If the county can give their employees an increase, why is it wrong for me to want the same? I’m a taxpayer too, so I helped pay for those raises for county employees.

We’re human beings too, with families just like you, struggling just like you. Are your kids getting a Christmas this year? I bet they are. So you can’t be struggling too awful bad. That’s not the case for a lot of us who are one step away from being thrown out on the street. It must be wonderful to be so self righteous and self assured.

But, like you said, it’s all falling on deaf ears.

2015 years 9 months ago

Well, aren’t you just the best little employee ever! You’re such a good little Socialist.

I pay taxes too, which helps to keep your company’s doors open and keep YOU employed. We ALL pay taxes to help support each other. If I, as a taxpayer and consumer, don’t purchase your company’s products or services, they will go under…and you’ll go along with them. So how about showing at least SOME small resemblence of respect for my SAVING YOUR *SS.

Until YOU can say YOUR kids aren’t able to get a Christmas this year, or YOU are one step away from being thrown out of your home, or YOU have to swallow your pride and draw food stamps because you aren’t making enough salary to feed your family, keep your narrow-minded, asinine, Socialist viewpoints to yourself. If you were twice as smart as you are now, you’d be absolutely stupid.

Shaun O'Rourke
2015 years 9 months ago

Wilmington has over 250,000 people living in the area, and only 11,000 voted. This is so sad. I live in the county, but would have voted if I could have.

2015 years 9 months ago

That is the reason why those same idiots get elected every time and Wilmington is continuously going down the tubes. It is just sad to see what they are doing to my beloved hometown.

2015 years 9 months ago

Unless you were wanting non-residents to be able to vote, your numbers are WAY off. According to the 2010 census, Wilmington’s population is only a bit over 100,000. The metro area including Leland and Hampstead might be closer to 250,000…but I don’t believe they get to vote in City Elections.

2015 years 9 months ago

If they don’t even take care of their own (city) employees, why should they be expected to care about jobs for anyone else?

No raises in 3 years (with twice as much work), employee medical costs increased by leaps and bounds, contributions to 401(k) cut in half, no recognition of employees marking 5, 10, 15 and more years employment. That’s only a few of the many ways employees continue to be shafted because these policians have their own agendas. This was the least “employee friendly” council that the city has ever had.

I wish I could feel optimitic that some of the new council will try to show city employees that they care about us, but it seems they all turn out about the same. They put through their own agendas, get city employees to act on it, and then shaft the employees in salaries and benefits as much as possible. But hey, at least we have a job, right? At least that’s the propoganda they keep telling us to convince us to settle for less.

2015 years 9 months ago

You want to bring jobs and improve the city? Expanding “greenspace” will not bring jobs, Bill. We do not need any more services from the City and actually need to cut quite a few. You complain the City needs more money and all the while spend more and more. It is ridiculous that a city this small is the 5th highest taxed in the State. The problem is not that the City doesn’t have enough money. The problem is you spend way too much. It is simple, anything that involves spending taxpayer money, don’t do it. Sell Inland Greens, sell the convention center, abolish the CFPUA. All HORRIBLE ideas. It is a shame that we can’t get any better a candidate to run against you because you obviously do not understand that government spending does not create jobs. You and your cronie Padgett need to go to our local University and take some Economics classes because neither of you have a clue. Tonight’s results are not a mandate for you two to continue raising taxes, raising fees, and flushing our hardearned tax moneydown the toilet. In your case you had a weak opponent and in her case there were too many candidates which watered down the opposition vote. The result is that we are stuck with you two for another term. Just try not to bankrupt the City and remember that low taxes, low fees,and low regulation will attract more business and jobs, not selective incentives paid with taxpayer money.

2015 years 9 months ago

I really hate to see him win. I wish someone would have run besides LaNasa. He reminds me of Obama, talks a lot and does nothing. Oh well!

2015 years 9 months ago

Same old, Same old.

2015 years 9 months ago

I find it hard to believe with all the complaining about our local government that is posted on this site that chuckles and Laura Padgett were re-elected. I guess some people don’t learn that when you do the same thing over and over, you get the same results.
It is even worse to see that only 11,000 people in the entire city took the time to vote for the mayor position.

2015 years 9 months ago

They only voted for Saffo because he seemed like the lesser of two evils, but remember, he’s still an evil.

Padgett was elected because there were too many others running and votes were cast for other folks who had no chance of winning.

Apathetic voters don’t even deserve to live in this country. I don’t wanna get worked up this morning, so I ain’t even goin’ there.

Guest Apu
2015 years 9 months ago

I have a feeling that the complainers are simply a very vocal minority of voters. After all, if you’re not happy with something, you’re more likely to complain about it.

Think about customer service; when you have a good shopping experience you tend to just keep going about your business. But when you have a bad experience, you’re much more likely to speak your mind and complain to management.

I think the same applies to the commenters on this site. The people who are upset are letting their voices be heard. And those who are happy, or just don’t care, don’t make the effort to post comments.

2015 years 9 months ago

REALLY WILMINGTON!? You guys are a BUNCH OF MORONS! I can’t BELIEVE with all of the taxes and overspending within the city limits you people ACTUALLY RE-ELECTED those two! YOU DESERVE EXACTLY what you get from here on out! If you are the EIGHTY-THREE percent who stayed home and didn’t vote..KEEP YOUR FLIPPING MOUTH SHUT until the next election!

2015 years 9 months ago

I wholeheartedly agree. They deserve what they’re gonna get. Unfortunately, those of us who live in the county will have to live with some of council’s asine decisions too. In the long run, it affects us all.

2015 years 9 months ago

I live in the City and voted. This turnout is pathetic.
I was hoping Laura Padgett would get the boot, unfortunately, not enough of my neighbors in town felt the need to cast a ballot.
Unfortunately, I had to write-in for mayor given the two lame choices. So yeah, when no one shows up, we get what we deserve.

Guest Reply
2015 years 9 months ago

Saffo wins…then you hear nothing else from him since Tuesday 11/8/11!!
Thank God my wife and I are moving away from what’s become “The Forsaken City”.
We leave it back to all of you potential voters that waited for someone else to vote for you…your way!
LaNassa or Pee Wee Herman…anyone would have been better then having the continuing saga of this winner.
So…you all enjoy what you have now…and what you will have not…because what this town will not have…is Leadership!


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