Five candidates bid for two seats on Havelock board

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

“The City of Havelock is a business with an approximately $9 million budget,” he said. “I have been involved in the budget process the past eight years and will apply that experience if re-elected.

“I have a proven track record in respect to being of service to all the citizens. The only special interest groups I represent are the citizens of Havelock. I will not sway from that position. I hope these past experiences shaped strong conservative values matched with humility. I am long-familiar with hard work and self-discipline.”

Van Vliet, 36, has been in Havelock since 2006. He joined the Marine Corps in 1997 and served at New River for five years. He started working at Cherry Point in 2002 for a defense contractor, and since 2004, has worked in civil service at Cherry Point as an aircraft engine mechanic and an evaluator/examiner. He has been a member of Toastmasters, Cherry Point Masonic Lodge and Trinity Presbyterian Church, and a coach for Havelock Youth Lacrosse.

“I will bring youthful exuberance to the board,” he said. “The commissioners and the mayor, they sometimes have good ideas, but they get stagnant. They don’t have that drive and motivation and desire, and they sometimes fall off to the side, so there’s some energy that I will bring and the board needs to be reinvigorated. The fire needs to be reignited in how they aggressively pursue their decisions.”

Wilson, 65, has been in Havelock since 1978. She has been a real estate broker since 1982. She has been a member of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce since 1982 and is a past board president. Wilson is past president of the N.C. Association of Realtors, is a member of the Committee of 100, a member and past president of the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club, past president of the N.C. Certified Residential Specialists, member of the N.C. Advisory Committee on Military Affairs, on the Havelock Military Affairs Committee, on the board of trustees for the Craven Community College and is a member of Cherry Point Baptist Church.

“I think I bring to it longtime knowledge of our community. I bring to it business experience,” Wilson said. “I think I have always been a strong supporter and advocate for Havelock. I care about our schools. I care about our parks and recreation. I care about our city and promoting it. So being an advocate I think is my strongest forte for the city.”

Corbin said his top concern for the city is the environment and economic development.

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