Editorial: Important time to vote in Havelock

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

We’re not here to pick or choose — or even predict — who will come out on top. We’ve written a few stories on both candidates, and it’s simply up to you to decide who you favor.

The same is true for the five commissioner candidates. Voters select two from the pool of incumbent Jim Stuart, George Corbin, Matthew “Sugarbear” Jones, Peter Van Vliet and Brenda Wilson.

With Lewis deciding to run for mayor, this election will result in at least one new member on the Havelock Board of Commissioners.

We commend all the candidates for making the decision to run. They are willing to go through the scrutiny of an election to serve the residents of the city. Whether you like or dislike a candidate or the positions they hold, respect them for agreeing to put their opinions and views in front of the public. It’s not always easy.

And we will admit it’s not an easy time to hold public office in Havelock. The city went through one of its most complicated and intense budgets in the spring and early summer. It initially included a property tax increase, and some tough decisions had to be made to balance the budget without a tax increase, including city employee job cuts. We’re not sure that we see any hope that next year’s budget will be easier.

Havelock has empty houses and businesses as the weak economy continues to have dire effects, and threats to Cherry Point workers and military personnel through federal defense cuts, sequestration and furloughs have once secure workers feeling uncertain about their job futures.

So you can see the importance of Tuesday’s election. Those elected will have to sort through these and other issues for the next four years.

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