Candidates give opinions on future of Havelock at forum

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

Jones said he continues to run for public office to offer a new voice in Havelock. “We need new leaders. We need to think outside the box,” Jones said. “We need to get the people together. I won’t turn anybody down. I’ll come back with an answer. I think we should grow a little more and pay more attention to the children and the senior citizens.”

Wilson has been a realtor in Havelock for 31 years and said she has been involved in the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee, Craven Community College Board of Trustees and the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club. “I feel I have the opportunity and the time to give to the city government,” she said.

Wilson said she would bring experience in budgeting, collaboration and a business mindset to the board. “This is the climate that I will be able to serve the city.”

As for the mayoral candidates, Sanders said part of his desire to serve comes from his father, who was a member of the first Board of Commissioners when the city incorporated in 1959. He pointed to a number of accomplishments during his tenure, including the start of the sewer expansion project that he said would allow for the opportunity for more growth in the city.

“Havelock is our home. Serving you as your mayor has been a great honor,” he said. “I am always your public representative of this city. I have served this community for decades.

“I have been a successful leader. I have expressed over 40 years the desire to work for the city of Havelock.”

Lewis is a native of Havelock and has served as a city commissioner and mayor pro tem.

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