HAVELOCK — Incumbent Brenda Wilson and newcomer Jim Kohr emerged the winners for two Havelock commissioners seats Tuesday night from a field of four candidates.

Falling short were former Mayor Jimmy Sanders Sr. and incumbent George Corbin.

Incumbent Mayor Will Lewis ran unopposed and got 94 percent of the vote, with 510.

Wilson got 31 percent of the vote with 345, followed by Kohr with 309. Sanders trailed with 253 and Corbin got 217 votes in unofficial returns Tuesday night.

“I am truly grateful to the people who came out today and voted and I look forward to serving for the next four years,” said Wilson, who was first elected to the board in 2013.

Wilson said she looks forward to supporting projects that will provide recreation for residents and help with the economic growth of the town.

“I want to continue working on the waterfront park. We have been working really hard getting grants,” Wilson said. “And, we are working with DOT for the bypass that may be happening. I have been a member of the community for a long time and all I wanted to do is to help out with the community.”

She did give a note of thanks for one particular supporter.

“I have to thank my momma (Iva Allen),” she said. “She really got on the phones, even yesterday, reminding people to remember to go out and vote.”

Kohr described his post-election victory attitude as “very excited and looking forward to serving.”

Kohr was seeking his first term on the board and said he had several reasons for his attempt at public office.

“I want to see change and I would like us to become a thriving city again,” he said. “I would like to see us become more business-friendly.”

He said some of the changes would involve ordinances and taxes.

In an earlier candidates’ forum, Kohr said, “I don’t believe there are any ordinances that need to be put in place, but perhaps some that need to be removed. I believe many of these ordinances are what’s restricting businesses along with the high taxes and high electrical and sewer rates.”

Kohr serves as the pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Havelock.

Sanders, a familiar face in Havelock politics, served as mayor before losing the seat to Lewis in 2013.

Corbin, a Marine Corps veteran, was appointed to the board in 2015 to fill an unexpired seat of Jim Stuart, who stepped down due to health reasons.

 

Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585, or charlie.hall@newbernsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @CharlieHallNBSJ