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New Hanover County Commission

Canidate Interview: Buck O'Shields

Buck O’Shields is no stranger to serving New Hanover County. He served on the commission decades ago. Now he wants to throw his hat back into the ring. O'Shields says he thinks his experience on the board will help improve the quality of life in the county.

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Candidate Interview: Frank Meares

Frank Christopher Meares says he is running for New Hanover County Commission on a campaign of responsibility and accountability. Meares says he thinks it's important to hold politicians accountable so their campaign promises become reality. That is why he has created a petition he hopes everyone running for office will sign.

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Candidate Interview: Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson is currently a New Hanover County Commissioner. He hopes to keep his seat. He says although he previously said he would not run for re-election, he can't give it up yet. Before serving on the commission, Thompson was a member of the Wilmington City Council.

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Candidate Interview: Woody White

Woody White says he is focusing his campaign for New Hanover County Commission on honesty and integrity. He says his problem-solving skills along with his track record make him stand out amongst the rest.

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Candidate Interview: Robert Zapple

It's time for New Hanover County to get back to work. That's why Rob Zapple says he wants a seat on the New Hanover County Commission. As a small business owner and community leader who sits on the board of several non-profits, he's ready to bring new ideas to the board, solve problems and bring projects to life.

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Candidate Interview: Robert Murray

After serving in the Army for 20 years, Robert Murray is now ready to serve the citizens of New Hanover County. A self-proclaimed blue-collar worker, Murray feels someone with his ideals is needed on the New Hanover County Commission. This 4th generation New Hanover County resident is ready to be the voice of what he calls, "the common man."

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Candidate Interview: Jonathan Barfield

Jonathan Barfield is a second-generation New Hanover County commissioner. His father served on the board for 12 years. Barfield hopes to follow in his father's footsteps, which would start by being elected to a second term in office. Barfield serves on numerous boards and committees to help stay involved in the community. He sat down with us to share this thoughts on a proposed baseball stadium as well as the need for more jobs in Wilmington.

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Commission candidates debate hot button issues at UNCW

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video As November nears, candidates for elected office are trying to make their voices and viewpoints heard. A debate forum was held Wednesday night at UNCW that helped candidates in New Hanover County do just that. Three Democrats and six Republican candidates for the New Hanover County Commission each answered a variety of questions on different topics. Full story...
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Commissioners vote 3 to 2 in favor of accepting family planning money

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video After weeks of public and even national outrage, New Hanover County Commissioners have voted in favor of nearly $9,000 in family planning funding. Last month, the board unanimously voted against accepting the money. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Coudriet named New Hanover Co. Manager; Replaces Shell

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video New Hanover county leaders named a new county manager Thursday. Current Assistant County Manager, Chris Coudriet, will succeed Bruce Shell this summer. Full story...
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Protest held in response to commissioners turning down family planning funds

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video Just days after New Hanover County Commissioners voted against state funding for contraceptives, the response has been incredible. A few hundred people came to Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington Thursday in protest of the vote. Full story...
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Commissioners react to mounting criticism of voting down contraceptive funding; Barfield: a colossal mistake

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video Criticism of the New Hanover County Commission's vote against accepting a family planning grant has reached the state level, and now the board wants to reconsider. Full story...
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ACLU-NC criticizes New Hanover Commissioners for rejecting reproductive health grant for women

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina today criticized the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners for voting Monday to reject a state grant that would have funded reproductive health care and family planning services for women. Full story...
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New Hanover Health Dept. looking at other ways to use rejected grant money

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video After all five New Hanover County Commissioners voted against a grant to fund contraceptives for women yesterday, the New Hanover County Health Department is trying again. Full story...
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Commissioners vote down family planning grant, Barfield regrets decision

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video Providing contraception for women has been a national topic for months, and now it has sparked debate in New Hanover County. Commissioners unanimously voted down a state grant that would fund contraceptive supplies and services in the county. Full story...
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