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Candidate profile: Napier Fuller

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is less than a month away, and WWAY wants you to meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council. Today we sat down with Napier Fuller, who says his top issues include jobs, public safety and government spending.

As someone who grew up in Wilmington Fuller has seen the city grow. He now wants to be part of Wilmington’s future.

“(I’m) very excited to be involved in city politics,” he said. “I think Wilmington has a great future. We have some very serious challenges that we’re facing right now. Those challenges are first and foremost the economy. We have high unemployment. Traffic congestions are a really big problem. Crime is a problem as well and the budget.”

The Hoggard High grad has a Masters of Science Degree in city planning from MIT. After finishing his studies, Fuller worked in Silicon Valley, where he developed new ways to help people search for information on mobile phones.

“That experience in Silicon Valley is very germane to Wilmington as we try to transfer a bit of our economic policy from subsidize heavy industry which has been the typical focus to expanding the knowledge-base sector,” Fuller said.

After several years out west Fuller returned to Wilmington in 2008. He now works as a commercial real estate broker.

“I work for a family business, and we are involved in warehouse construction. We have warehouses in Myrtle Beach, Fayetteville and Wilmington,” he said.

Voters may be familiar with Fuller. This is not his first time running for office. He ran in the 2010 Republican primary for New Hanover County Commission.

“That was kind of an odd race, because we had four different moderate Republicans,” Fuller said. “The mathematics of splitting the moderate vote allowed for the Tea Party candidate Brian Berger to get up there and win. I certainly do not want to let that limit my prospects forever being elected to public office.”

Fuller admits he has been busy lately with his campaign, but in his free time he enjoys spending time with his family.

The 37-year-old says with Election Day coming quickly he’s focused on meeting voters and keeping his name out there.

In the coming weeks WWAY will introduce you to the other Wilmington City Council candidates. Tomorrow we’ll profile Neil Anderson.

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