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Thirty-six apply for Wilmington City Council seat

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WILMINGTON -- The list of applicants for Wilmington's open city council seat is final. The deadline to apply for Jason Thompson's spot was 5 p.m. Monday and as of that time, 36 people applied. Thompson is leaving the council at the end of the month after being elected to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. The applicants will each have three minutes to speak to and answer questions from current council members at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Council members will not pick Thompson's replacement Tuesday, but select their top four applicants. They will make a final selection in December based on the shortened list. Council member Ron Sparks said he is looking for someone who truly wants to work for the citizens and doesn't have a hidden agenda. "My concern is in making sure we get somebody who understands the amount of real work that goes into being a city councilman. I don't think people really realize the amount of work is involved before they try to take on city council," Sparks said. The following 36 people applied for the spot: Kevin O’Grady Peter DeVita Ricky Meeks Margaret Haynes Philip Stine Dana Page Jim Felds Jeff Hovis Clark Hipp Buddy Green Michael DeHart Andy Koeppel Jeremy Wilkins Jan Brewington Daniel Cronin Alvin Rogers Kevin Delahunty Rob Zapple John Melia Joseph Bowman Joy Allen Greg Page Theresa Andrews Albert Corbett Scott Henson Steve Bilzi Alan Rusher Robby Collins Carolyn Robertson Vera Wilson Mark Saulnier Ashley Walton Frank Smith James Harris Marc Biddison Deb Quaranta

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WOW May be more people applied

I received electronic confirmation on the 8th of Nov. that my application for the vacant city council position had been received. I find it odd that in a government made for the people, by the people, that my name seems to have been mysteriously omitted from the list of applicants. I write this missive in hopes that you could clarify this error, if for nothing else than my own peace of mind.