November 29, 2021

Tomer Aiderapp

Consummate Business Technicians

Wilmington City Council candidates for 2021 discuss city’s challenges

Eight candidates are running for three open seats on the Wilmington City Council.

The slate of candidates includes a range of incumbent and former council members as well as political newcomers. 

The three spots were left open as the terms of council members Kevin O’Grady, Clifford Barnett Sr. and Charlie Rivenbark expire.

Voters in New Hanover County have three options to cast a vote in this year’s municipal election. Residents can vote before Election Day by mailing in an absentee vote or casting their vote during the One-Stop or Early Voting period, which begins Oct. 14 and ends Oct. 30.

Voters can also cast their ballots on Election Day, which is Nov. 2.

Clifford D. Barnett Sr.

  • Age: 67
  • Address: 4949 Wythe Place, Wilmington
  • Occupation: Minister
  • Family: Married 31 1/2 years to Waltrina White Barnett, three children Clifford Jr., Walter, Helen “Granddog, Andy
  • Political affiliation: Democrat
  • Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Livingstone College, Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary, Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
J.B. Brookins, a candidate for Wilmington City Council

J.B. Brookins

  • Age: 37
  • Address: 4629 McClelland Drive, Wilmington
  • Occupation: Marine veteran 
  • Family: Did not answer
  • Political Affiliation: Republican
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in business management at Anthem College
Paul Lawler, a candidate for Wilmington City Council

Paul Lawler

  • Age: 65
  • Address: Box 1169, Wilmington
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Family: Married
  • Political affiliation: Democrat
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from North Carolina State University
Charlie Rivenbark, a candidate for Wilmington City Council

Charlie Rivenbark

  • Age: 73
  • Address: 4924 Pine St., Wilmington
  • Occupation: Real estate broker
  • Family: Two sons, Chad and Travis and two grandchildren, Greyson and Molly
  • Political affiliation: Republican
  • Education: Educated in New Hanover County Public Schools, graduate of New Hanover High School, attended University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College
Angie Ulmer, a candidate for Wilmington City Council

Angie Ulmer

  • Age: 36
  • Address: 3821 Habberline St., Wilmington
  • Occupation:  Private contractor and front house at the United House of Prayer
  • Family: Did not answer
  • Political affiliation: Democrat
  • Education: Did not answer
Jonathan Uzcategui, a candidate for Wilmington City Council

Jonathan Uzcategui

  • Age: 47
  • Address: 5425 Whaler Way, Wilmington
  • Occupation: Multiple small business owner
  • Family: I am a husband and father to three kids
  • Political affiliation: Republican
  • Education: Grew up in Venezuela completing high school
Luke Waddell, a candidate for Wilmington City Council

Luke Waddell

  • Age: 33
  • Address: 1809 Chestnut St., Wilmington
  • Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Realty Corporation
  • Family: Wife, Amanda Waddell, and Golden Retriever, Moultrie
  • Political affiliation: Republican
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Citadel
Philip White, a candidate for Wilmington City Council

Philip White

  • Age: 39
  • Address: P.O. Box 593, Wilmington
  • Occupation: Business analyst and sales manager
  • Family: Girlfriend, Cramer Vaughan and dogs Hendrix, Freya and Tabi
  • Political affiliation: Democrat
  • Education: Whiteville High School, currently attending college as a non-traditional student 

What are the biggest challenges facing Wilmington and how do you plan to tackle them?

Barnett: Our city’s incredible growth presents challenges. I will work to ensure that we continue to grow and thrive while meeting our community’s needs.