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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark landed in the hospital last week, but he is out and back on the campaign trail this week.

Now he is asking for your vote for what he says could be the last time so he can keep his seat on the city council.

Rivenbark is a fifth generation Wilmingtonian.

“It’s just a great town. I love it,” he said. “I ride around, and I see all the places I’ve seen since I was a kid.”

As he watches areas around the city urbanize, Rivenbark says leaders need to reevaluate ways to expand.

“We are going to have to rethink the way we grow our tax base; the way we develop our land,” Rivenbark said. “We need to go back and practice smart growth.”

Rivenbark, who served two terms on council starting in 1993 before taking a break and running again four years ago, says there is a growing number of people in the market for senior housing in Wilmington. It’s an issue he feels the city needs to address.

“Wwe are woefully behind, and we need to really hit the ground running with that type of housing, as well as affordable housing for people who are on subsidized housing,” Rivenbark said.

Reflecting on his current term as it comes to a close, Rivenbark says he is particularly proud of how council acted during difficult financial times.

“We continue to provide the services and maintain a fairly reasonable tax rate, grew the city’s savings account during those tough economic times,” he said.

And now Rivenbark is asking for your vote to continue his work on council.

“I think the City of Wilmington is in excellent shape,” Rivenbark said. “Can we do better? We can always do better.”

Early voting is underway and runs through Saturday. Election Day is Tuesday.

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  • Guest123123

    Why these politicians have to stick around until they have to be wheeled into meetings is beyond me. Take care of your health and spend some time with your family. Pass the torch already.

  • Guest-o-matic

    They are lifetime politicians because the citizens of the city are too lazy and apathetic to get up out of their ezee chair to go cast a vote. Maybe they just don’t have I.D.s, don’t know, but when the voter turnout is a mere 15% as in the last election, nothing will change.

    The sad part is, those same city residents will whine, bitch and complain about the way the city council conducts business and makes decisions until the cows come home!

    Ya do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten! No better proof of that statement than the city council elections!

    Everybody stock up on your hairspray, Saffo’s running low and will be looking for donations!

  • taxpayer

    Rivenbark to O’Grady…same person…both tax & spend liberals.

  • Guest2020

    He is actually proud of how the council acted during “difficult financial times”?!?!?!?

    So, he is proud of the council pushing for a multi-million dollar baseball stadium paid for by the taxpayers during “difficult financial times”?!?!?!?!?!?

    That is disgraceful behavior–not something of which to be proud.

    I wish Wilmington and New Hanover voters would get off of their backsides and do what is right for the citizenry.

    It really doesn’t take much effort to get out and vote.


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