Candidates give opinions on future of Havelock at forum

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

Lewis called the August meeting productive but stressed that the same approach to solving the issue hadn’t worked previously and that offering solutions, not complaints, was needed.

“Instead of going up there with a solution, we go up there with a spear,” Lewis said. “We all know that moving a bureaucracy is like turning a barge.”

The Havelock Chamber of Commerce and Havelock News sponsored the event, which was attended by about 100 people and offered the opportunity for the candidates to make opening and closing statements.

“It’s long been my desire to help the city of Havelock,” Stuart said. “I try to be approachable and responsible. I’m pretty straight forward. There aren’t a lot of frills.” Stuart said sometimes people don’t appreciate what he says, but what he says is “from the heart.”

Corbin explained that he had retired in the city after 30 years in the Marine Corps, first becoming involved in the fire department in 1991. He now serves on three city committees and boards. Corbin said he frequents city board meetings and “occasionally aggravates the commissioners and the mayor.”

Van Vliet called himself a native Yankee but said he fell in love in Havelock, even joking that he may love Havelock more than his wife. “My reason for running can be said in one word — community,” he said.

He said his desire to serve originated in the Marine Corps “That drive to serve is what drives me to serve now. With everybody giving a little, we can all get a lot,” Van Vleit said.

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