Allen, Liner seeking Craven County board seat


George Liner, left, and Lee K. Allen are running in the Republican Primary for the District 6 seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners. Early voting starts today, with Election Day set for May 6.

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 07:28 PM.

Early voting starts today for the May 6 Primary Election, which includes a Republican race for the District 6 seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners between Lee K. Allen and George Liner.

Allen, 78, has been on the Craven board for more than 19 years after spending 11 years as a commissioner in Havelock. He was a Navy corpsman for 22 years active and for eight years in the Navy Fleet Reserves. Since then, he has been a part-time electrician.

Liner, 67, has been a Havelock commissioner for seven years. He served in the Marine Corps for more than 29 years and then worked in civil service for15 years the last three of which he was the real estate manager for Cherry Point.

Allen said his “background and experience” qualifies him to serve another term. He lists among his accomplishments the creation of the Havelock campus of Craven Community College, the Havelock Tourist and Event Center and the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

Allen worked for 27 years as a trainer for the Havelock High School football team and was tournament director for regional and state tournaments for the Little League for Girls.

“I’m young enough that I feel I have enough energy and vision for Craven County and Havelock to continue on,” Allen said. “I don’t have an agenda. I’m not going in there because I have an ax to grind. I believe in smaller government. I believe in lower taxes.”

Liner said he decided to run for county office because he didn’t believe the southeast portion of Craven County had strong enough representation.

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