WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo drew a lot of criticism for standing out in front of the city's efforts to build a publicly-funded baseball stadium last year. It led many critics to make statements that they would remember come the next election. It looks like it won't matter.
When filing for municipal elections ended today at noon, Saffo's was the only name on the list to run for mayor. The Wilmington native and UNCW grad was among the first to sign up for November's election when filing period began July 5. Saffo is seeking his fourth full term in office. Council appointed him to the position in 2006 when Spence Broadhurst resigned.
Saffo is not the only mayoral candidate running unopposed. Kure Beach incumbent Dean Lambeth won't face opposition for another term. Former Wrightsville Beach Alderman Bill Blair will become the town's next mayor after November's election.
In Brunswick County, nine of 13 mayoral races have just one candidate. Of the four contested races, only Oak Island, with four hopefuls, has more than two choices.
In Pender County, no one filed to run for mayor in Atkinson. Meanwhile the towns of St. Helena and Watha have uncontested races. Burgaw Mayor Pete Cowan, though, faces a challenge from Eugene Mulligan.
As of 10 a.m., Fair Bluff was the only one of seven mayoral elections in Columbus County to have a contested race.
Bladen County has not yet released its final list of filings.