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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Skip Watkins has become a familiar face in Wilmington helping run the Cape Fear Fair & Expo. Now he wants to serve the community in a different role: City Council.

Watkins is no stranger to the Port City. He has lived in Wilmington for more than 30 years and says his experience as a financial advisor has prepared him to run for a seat on City Council.

“Although everything is not about numbers, what really pushed me over the edge was the head long run towards a baseball stadium,” Watkins said.

Watkins says he wants to be the voice for every taxpayer and wants the city to avoid bad debt choices like the push for a stadium last year.

“There was a qualitative aspect, I respect that, but the quantitative, the numbers just weren’t there and it made me realize that I wanted to bring my fiscal guidance to city council,” Watkins said.

Watkins says another issue that concerns him is the alarming increase in crime.

“Yes, it is true that our crime rate has improved over the last eight or 10 years, but we are still well above national and state averages,” he said.

He says council needs to give police the resources they need to prevent and investigate crime.

“I will support many programs in the community, but we need to take care of the necessities first, so my goal when we get into office is to prioritize what needs to be done, but we must address the necessities first,” Watkins said.

Watkins says his run for city council is more than just policy. He says Wilmington won’t improve until everyone works together.

“Anything that happens in Wilmington or the county affects each other,” Watkins said.
It also affects Pender and Brunswick, so anything that happens in any government, muncipal or county government affects the region.”

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

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4 Comments on "Candidate profile: Skip Watkins"

live in the city
2015 years 10 months ago

are you a republican

2015 years 10 months ago

What does it matter? There’s little difference between the two major parties. The parties themselves are out for themselves and have no interest in doing what is right for we the people.

It’s his substance that matters, not the letter behind his name.

Tracie C
2015 years 10 months ago

I’ll vote for the first person who DOESN’T put those stupid signs at EVERY SINGLE CORNER! You know it’s gone too far when you start seeing them in random dirt piles. No class.

Downtown latenight
2015 years 10 months ago

Skip Watkins is the ONLY candidate or elected official I have ever known to visit establishments, meet business owners and patrons and truly experience downtown Wilmington late at night until after bar closing hours. His willingness to investigate and “see for himself” the actual conditions instead of relying on the comments of others is very impressive to me.


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