Five candidates bid for two seats on Havelock board

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM.

The five candidates to fill two seats on the Havelock Board of Commissioners say they bring a diverse set of experiences plus new ideas to the table.

George Corbin, Matthew “Sugarbear” Jones, incumbent Jim Stuart, Peter Van Vliet and Brenda Wilson are running for the seats in the Nov. 5 election.

Corbin, 68, a 30-year career Marine, moved to Havelock in 1989. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge and Knights of Columbus, and a volunteer member of the Havelock Fire Department since 1991. He also has also served on the city’s adjustment, unified development ordinance, stormwater and brownfields boards.

“I believe in Havelock and I believe I can do a better job knowing the background and being involved with the city for the last 20 years,” he said. “I’ve got an idea of what’s going on in different areas.”      

Jones, 61, has lived in Havelock since 1971. He served eight years in the Marine Corps and has worked at Cherry Point since 1980. He is a longtime member of Craven Corner Missionary Baptist Church. He has been the district president for the Moose Lodge and governor of Havelock Moose Lodge twice.

“What I would do is represent the people,” he said. “I will do what’s good for the people, not what’s good for me or some special interest group. I don’t have anybody else’s agenda. I don’t owe anybody anything, therefore I can work with my conscience and work for the people the way they want me to vote and not kneel down to special interest groups. Some people have had concerns that I am running as ‘Sugarbear,’ but they have to realize that half the people in town know me by that name.”

Stuart, 69, a Vietnam veteran, retired from the Marine Corps in 1982 and worked at Cherry Point as a quality assurance specialist for 22 years. He has been a homeowner in Havelock for more than 30 years and is now retired. Stuart has acted as curator of aircraft for the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation for several years and is seeking a third term on the board.

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