Informal voter forum hosted over grilled cheese as a meet and greet for 2019 candidates
The Democratic women of New Hanover County held an informal candidate forum at Crust Gourmet Sandwiches in downtown Wilmington on August 13. Attending the event were mayoral candidates Devon Scott and incumbent mayor Bill Saffo.
Council candidates Kimberly Spader, Alexandria Monroe, Kevin Spears and Mack Coyle were also in attendance, as were House District candidates Leslie Cohen and Marcia Morgan. Each candidate had an opportunity to introduce themselves and participate in a Q&A session with the audience in a cozy outdoor meet-and-greet setting.
The topics discussed ranged from city to state politics in scope, and centered on Wilmington’s future as a community. Housing, infrastructure, and city planning were at the forefront of many discussions. “What I see, from my background as a technology entrepreneur, is the potential for a lot of innovation,” said candidate Devon Scott during his forum speech.
“Real sane, real stable things that are often low-hanging fruit.” He went on to discuss the ecological impact of overdevelopment on city drainage systems, the economic impact of extreme weather events like Hurricane Florence on Wilmington communities, and his work with the Cape Fear Economic Development Council.
Despite his policy work with the CFEDC, Devon acknowledged that he has not worked directly in politics before, but that he is excited to put all that he has learned working in the arts, tech, and private sector to work in transforming Wilmington politics.
The candidate for mayor said that he is running “to really do as much as I can for the arts, for entrepreneurship, for our economy, for housing, and for all of the things that I’ve really come to enjoy about being in Wilmington.”