Candidates talk issues at ‘Pork N’ Politics’ event

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors gave their members a unique opportunity to meet candidates they will see on the ballot this year.

The annual ‘Pork N’ Politics’ event brought dozens of candidates running for various districts across The Cape Fear together to mingle with members. Organizers, like Patrice Willettes say it is the best way to get a feel for the person you are actually voting for in this years election.

“When you walk into that booth don’t you want to know who you’re voting for? And what their positions are and understand so this gives our members the opportunity to ask one-on-one questions with the candidates face-to-face,” Willettes said.

Among the candidates at the event, Republican Candidate Jerry Benton who is running against current Democratic Representative Susi Hamilton for District 18. Both candidates discussed what they believe is the biggest issue in the Brunswick, New Hanover area.

“Education is our largest issue in this area,” Benton said. “Absolutely, we need to fix our schools 83% graduation rate, we have a 20% proficiency rate. It’s hurting everyone in the area.”

Whereas Hamilton believes it is jobs in the area.

“Well obviously the return of jobs in this area,” Hamilton said. “And I think a large portion of that can be traced back to the loss of jobs in the film industry.”

Hamilton says Benton lacks experience and is confused about federal responsibility versus state. Meanwhile Benton fired back saying her current education plan does not work and that he will expand school choice.

More than 350 realtors attended the ‘Pork N’ Politics’ event that featured food and drinks along with conversation with 24 candidates. Early voting begins Thursday, the general election is November 8th.


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