WILMINGTON -- A candidates' forum Friday night gave Wilmington residents the chance to ask mayoral and council candidates how they intend to lead the city. The people who turned out wanted answers about some pressing issues. The convention center, the water and sewer authority and crime were three of the hot topics at the candidate's forum. Another issue: firefighters wanting raises they say they deserve. Earlier this year firefighters asked the city to give them bigger raises as part of the next budget year. While Council plans to study the pay scale for all city employees there are no immediate plans to give firefighters more money. Firefighters are looking for city leaders who'll represent them going forward. Scottie Jorman is married to firefighter. She said, "My husband has to work two jobs sometimes. I just started going back to work; there are some firemen that work three jobs and hardly get to stay home with their kids." No matter what issues are important to voters as they head to the polls Friday night's candidate forum was the perfect time to ask the important questions of those who want to lead the city. Voter Neal Shulman said, "I'm going to look at whether the candidate is going to be truthful with me, if they're going to do what they say, that they are going to hold themselves, the city their representing to the same standards that it holds its citizens." There will be another candidates' forum October 5. Election Day is October 9.
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