Laura Padgett will not seek reelection to Wilmington council

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Councilwoman Laura Padgett says she will not run for re-election.

Padgett has served on Wilmington City Council for five terms. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY, but has called Wilmington home for decades.

“I’m not going to dig a hole and go away,” she said talking with us one on one Tuesday about her plans not to seek reelection this fall. “I’d like to see a younger person take my place.”

She’s seen council through the past 20 years. Looking back she says she’s proudest of quality of life issues specifically the 2006 parks bond Padgett herself championed.

“Parks, green space, recreational opportunities, preservation of natural resources, are actually really important economic development items for the people that live here,” said Padgett.

Politics has not been without their challenges for Padgett though. She faced tough questions about her travel, routinely spending more on travel than anyone else on council. A decision she stands by.

“I’ve had some impact at the state and national level. More in terms of talking about the issues, but also making connections with people across the country,” said Padgett

Is this the last we’ll see of Padgett? Only time will tell. We asked her if she intended to run for Mayor in 2015.

“Not this time,” laughed Padgett, “I haven’t really thought about future office. I’ll never say never.”

Mayor Pro-Temp Margaret Haynes says she plans to run again for her position on council. Mayor Bill Saffo told us he would make his announcement soon. Councilman Neil Anderson is also up for reelection but it is unclear whether he intends to run.

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