Candidates give opinions on future of Havelock at forum

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 04:38 PM.

Wilson said she supports economic diversity while supporting and protecting the military and Fleet Readiness Center East. “It is the major economic engine, but we need that diversity,” she said.

As for the mayoral candidates, Lewis and Sanders both pointed to Cherry Point and the economy.

Lewis said Cherry Point needed to always be the focus but that he supported “an aggressive, creative plan for economic growth in Havelock.”

Sanders said the city needed economic diversity. “We need to do that while doing everything we can to support Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East,” he said.

Sanders and Lewis were both part of a meeting in August in which city leaders discussed Havelock’s share of funding from the county, a point of contention for years. City leaders have said the county is not providing its fair share of money for such things as the library and recreation department as compared to what other cities receive.

In response to a question about solving that issue, Sanders said he had “worn out three vehicles” riding up to New Bern to get support from the Craven County Board of Commissioners. He pointed squarely at those who represent parts of the city on the county board and encouraged residents to voice their opinions.

“We cannot do it alone,” he said. “If you’ll help us, we can make it happen.”

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