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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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