WILMINGTON -- One of the candidates seeking Wilmington's top political office spoke out Tuesday announcing that he is teaming with two City Council candidates. Harper Peterson is collaborating with a former mayoral candidate Jeff Kohl and Kevin Delahunty, running for political office for the first time. The three are hoping to create a majority on the City Council. One plank on their bloc platform is the proposed convention center. Peterson said, "This project must stop. We will not continue to freely spend taxpayer dollars and distract City staff with this $50 million project and these misplaced priorities." Peterson has a long history in City politics. He served on City Council from 1995 to 1999 and was mayor for one term from 2001 to 2003. This is the first attempt for New York transplant Kevin Delahunty to run for City elected office. He spoke to NewsChannel 3 about why he, Peterson and Rohe are running together. Delahunty said, "We came to the realization that you have to have a plurality on the council. It's not about Harper running for mayor, or me running for council, or Jeff running for council. It's about us running as a team and being able to do something on a new council." Delahunty says he was a union leader in New York and formerly worked as a firefighter. Rounding out this three-man team is Jeff Kohl, who has previously run for mayor of Wilmington. Kohl said, "The reality is we need four votes on council to get anything done, and so, one vote isn't enough, so we're hoping that, as a team we can win, first, that having the four votes with one other one we'll need to pick up, that we'll be able to make the changes that are in that contract." Another of the 12 candidates for the three open seats on the Wilmington City Council is Kristi Tomey. This isn't the first time Tomey is vying for a City Council seat. She ran once before in 2003. Tomey says she wants to be part of creating a prosperous future for the City. That includes creating jobs, supporting community businesses and protecting our natural resources.
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