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By: Ben Steelman

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — Ben Halterman, who as mayor of Wilmington worked to heal the city's racial rifts and helped launch the city's downtown revival, died Tuesday morning at the age of 87.

Halterman was elected to the Wilmington City Council in 1971 and served one term. He was mayor from 1975 to 1983. "All the people know that I've tried to be fair," he told the StarNews when he announced he was retiring from office.

"He loved this city like no one else," said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. "Without him, a lot of what we have today downtown wouldn't have happened."

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