Letter: We have opportunities to learn about the candidates

Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 04:34 PM.

I just realized that we this year have a fantastic opportunity to see the two candidates for mayor in action before we go to vote on Nov. 5, 2013. We simply go to observe them in action at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of August, September and October at the Board of Commissioners meetings that are open to the public. Watch them during the meeting, listen and take notes on how they express themselves.

Yes, Mr. Will Lewis was young when he first sat down as commissioner, but he is now older and experienced. He has earned my respect. Sitting in the audience and listening to him speak, he has been speaking with a strong, clear voice and is short and to the point. He speaks without a hand in front of his face and doesn’t mumble, always giving me the impression that he was prepared for being heard.

I have lived in Havelock since 1962 and have been a sales supervisor with three assistant supervisors in my staff. I also have owned two businesses here, and before that, was in training to be an Army nurse. The first thing we learned was that you have to think before you speak, remember to be able to back up your words with proof and to also consider the listener’s feelings.

My plan is to go to the three [commissioner] meetings to listen and observe. And, I know that two of the candidates for commissioner have sat on the Board of Adjustment. There, they have to vote according to the letter of the law on cases that come in front of them, regardless of how they themselves might feel about the case. That takes a person that knows the law and follows it. That in my opinion makes me trust them to do the same as a commissioner.

I know from experience who to vote for and know that who we vote for is confidential. And, we still have a candidates forum.

Inga DeRoche, Havelock 

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