Two new members join City Council, focus stays on city’s future
Ronald Sparks, Earl Sheridan, Kristi Tomey, Jim Quinn, and Margaret Haynes have two more meetings as the Wilmington City Council. Kevin O’Grady and Charlie Rivenbark will replace Quinn and Haynes come January.
“I don’t believe there will be any problem in respect to them coming onto council and picking up just where the others have left off,” Mayor Saffo said.
Sheridan was the lone incumbent re-elected Tuesday. He also expects a smooth transition for the council members elect.
“I know both people some, but that’s not the same as having worked with them,” Sheridan said. “I don’t think it will be a difficult thing.”
Fewer than 20 percent of the city’s registered voters cast a ballot in the election. Council member Ronald Sparks said with such a small turnout, the new council will face a challenge representing the entire city. “The people that ran were from divergent opinions, and I would hope to get a better sampling of the community.”
With the fate of the convention center hotel still up in the air and a new budget on the horizon, the new council may have to agree to disagree on several issues. But Sparks said that is a good thing.
He said, “I’m never looking for a group that agrees on everything, because if you agree on everything something is wrong.”
Council member Jim Quinn will not be at Wednesday night’s meeting. Earlier in the day he told WWAY he believes the city will be in good hands.
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