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City Council to decide on Jason Thompson's replacement

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37 people applied for Thompson's position; three have risen to top of city council's list. Each Wilmington City Council member has a personalized parking space; just one of the perks of the position. The space between Laura Padgette's and Earl Sheridan's used to be for Jason Thompson. It is now reserved for one of the 37 people who have applied to replace Thompson after he left for the New Hanover County Commission. “We appreciate people applying. We appreciate people who want to serve the city,” said Wilmington City Council’s Earl Sheridan. Council members narrowed the list to three, realtor and New Hanover County Board of Elections Chair Margaret Haynes, realtor Deb Quaranta, and architect Mark Saulnier. “It makes me feel great. Honored,” said Saulnier. Deb Quaranta said, “Very honored. Very honored for their consideration.” “I'd very much like to serve. We'll see. It's a long time between now and Tuesday night,” added Margaret Haynes. Tuesday, city council will make its final choice. All 3 candidates said it is their experience that got them to the front of the pack. “I certainly think it's because I'm qualified. I have the desire and the energy. I have the background in not only public service but business and a participating member ready to go on day one,” Haynes said. Saulnier said, “I just feel like with my experience on the different boards and commissions that I've served on, I would have the ability to step right in on the discussions that they have going on right now.” “You have to be able to listen, you have to go out and listen to what the people have to say and be able to represent them, and that's your responsibility,” Quaranta said. Now the responsibility lies with the council to narrow down three candidates for one position. “To that one person, whoever it is, I look forward to working with that person. Its going to be a lot of hard work, but rewarding work,” said Sheridan. City council will decide Tuesday during its meeting start at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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