Williams succeeds Baker as Wilmington Mayor

By Gianna Banner 12:54am, November 7, 2012 - Updated 1:40am, November 7, 2012
Wilmington Mayor-Elect Dennis P. Williams talks about his victory.
Democrat Dennis P. Williams is the new Wilmington Mayor-elect.

Tuesday night, he joined friends and family at Timothy's on the Riverfront to wait for the official announcement that he sealed the victory.

Williams, who won with more than 25,000 total votes, says he can't wait to fix issues that the city is currently facing.

"The campaign was really easy compared to what I'm facing, a $5.5 million dollar deficit, a city riddled with crime, and my sleeves are going to be rolled up and we are going to go to work, and we're going to turn this city around. Wilmington's a good city and we are going to turn it around, believe me, we are," said Williams.

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Williams takes over for three-term Mayor Jim Baker, who's could not run again due to term limits. Williams is grateful that Baker gave him the opportunity to start work earlier than expected.

"We're going jump right in and get started. I mean, we've had an opportunity to go in as of October the 16th. Mayor Baker, we've sat down and talked to him, and he has been very kind to us to let us get in two weeks early," said Williams.

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