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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — He’s been on the Wilmington City Council for eight years. Now Earl Sheridan says he wants your support for four more years, so he can continue to make a difference in his hometown.

You may have seen him strolling down Chancellor’s Walk on his way to teach political science at UNCW or working in City Hall as Wilmington’s Mayor Pro-Tem.

Now Sheridan says he needs your vote to continue improving the Port City.

“I’ve been active in the community. I love Wilmington,” Sheridan said. “I want to make it a… It’s already a great place. I want to make it an even better place.”

Sheridan says over the past eight years he has worked hard to end youth violence in Wilmington. It’s a struggle that with the recent influx in crime has reignited his efforts. He and council already voted to fund a gang investigative unit for WPD, but Sheridan says it takes more than suppression to end the violence.

“I also think council supports non-profits and social service agencies that work in our city, because it’s not just a suppression issue. It’s an issue of prevention as well,” he said.

With eyes on the future, Sheridan says his focus should he be re-elected is on affordable housing and economic development.

“I’m interested in working on affordable housing and things of that nature, and I think there are just more things I want to accomplish as far as providing maybe some economic development, helping to provide jobs and opportunities for people,” Sheridan said.

But after voters overwhelmingly turned down the ballpark last year Sheridan has other ideas for bringing in those opportunities.

“I think the way you do that, you have amenities in the city that draw people,” Sheridan said. “You have good bike paths and sidewalks and parks and things of that nature. You have the arts. You have things that companies want will want to come.”

Early voting is underway and runs through Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 5.

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