Skip Watkins has lived in Wilmington for over 40 years. He met Valerie, his wife of 35 years, at UNCW in 1979. They have two children. VJ is a graduate with her MS in Mathematics from UNCW and Brian earned his degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Welding at CFCC.
Skip has been in the financial services industry for 30 years. He is currently an Independent Financial Advisor with Capital Investment Group in Raleigh, NC. He also teaches Economics for the University of Mount Olive.
Skip and Valerie have been involved in the community for over 30 years as well. Both have served on the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Fair and Expo. Skip has been the Fair Manager for over 25 years and also serves on the Executive Board. They have also served in various capacities with the NC Azalea Festival. Skip has spoken at the UNCW’s Cameron School of Business’ Business Week. They are also involved in various other volunteer capacities.
For most of his life, Skip has felt drawn to serve in an elected office. Skip served as a New Hanover County Commissioner from 2014 to 2018. While a Commissioner he served on the Board of Trustees for NHRMC, the Board of Directors of CFPUA and the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority. He particularly enjoyed serving on the Airlie Foundation. His desire to return to office is to continue the fight against GenX, maintain fiscal responsibility, and to continue to stand strong against the Opioid Crisis. Skip was responsible for the first property tax rate decrease in decades. This kept over $10 Million the first year and continues to save taxpayers as the tax base increases. While a Commissioner Skip met with many citizens suffering from flooding. Wearing his rubber boots he personally witnessed their plight. While in office he started the recently adopted Flood Plan for the unincorporated area. Over the years past storms have deposited debris. This program is designed to remove the debris and to mitigate future flooding.
Skip asks, "Please support me in my pursuit to strengthen Common Sense Government in New Hanover County. Thank you."