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Saffo holds Wilmington mayor’s office, Council gets two new faces

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Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo won reelection easily Tuesday with a 22-percentage point win over challenger Paul Knight. Saffo will have two new members of City Council around him when the new term starts in January. Charlie Rivenbark, who served on Council back in the 1990s, garnered the most votes in the 11-candidate field. Inbumbent Earl Sheridan was second, and newcomer Kevin O’Grady finished, beating out incumbent Margaret Haynes by 88 votes. The other incumbent in the race Jim Quinn finished seventh.

Haynes and Quinn were far from the only incumbents to lose Tuesday. Oak Island Mayor Johnie Vereen lost to challenger Betty Wallace. Just across the Intracoastal Waterway, Southport Mayor Sandy Spencer lost to Robert Howard by nearly 30 percentage points. And David Cignotti is the new mayor in Wrightsville Beach after beating out office holder Stephen Whalen.

For a complete list of results by county, check out these links:

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It was a tough night for incumbent mayors in Oak Island, Southport and Wrightsville Beach. Meanwhile, Bill Saffo held on to the mayor’s office in Wilmington.

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