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 Neil Anderson, who says he’s interested in growth and the economy.
Anderson was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill and later went on to grad school, earning his MBA. After living in several large cities like Atlanta and Charlotte, Anderson and his family made it to Wilmington.
“We’ve been here almost 11 years,” said Anderson. “Both of our two youngest children were born here.”
Anderson is a business owner. His company, Rising Tide Sales, is contracted by a large furniture manufacturer to oversee and manage the eastern market in North Carolina. Anderson says he wants to improve the city, ensuring a better future for his kids and others.
“I did not go back to my home town, and my kids may not want to be anywhere near me when they’re out of college. But if they want to, whether its when they’re married, after college, in their 30’s, single, I want them to have that option to come back here,” Anderson said.
He says the economy and jobs are his main concerns. Anderson says if elected he knows it will take the city and the county working together to make the Cape Fear’s economy strong.
“I think we’re going to have to collaborate to bring in new business; help the ones we have, I think we forget about them.”
Come Election Day, Anderson hopes voters will see how important city government is and how powerful their vote can be.
“(If) you get a direct mail piece, read it, and look at it! I know you get a bunch of junk mail, I get it too,” Anderson said. “This is something that impacts your life everyday; the minute you wake up in the morning and brush your teeth. The minute you go out and take your garbage out to the street; you’re interacting with city government!”
In the coming weeks WWAY will introduce you to the other Wilmington City Council candidates.