Incumbent Jim Stuart faces four new candidates

Published: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 07:23 PM.

Incumbent Jim Stuart faces four other candidates in the race to fill two seats on the Havelock Board of Commissioners.

Stuart garnered the most votes of any commissioner candidate the last time he ran for the post in 2009. The other incumbent commissioner, Will Lewis, has filed to run for Havelock mayor.

Stuart is part of a mix of five candidates that includes George Corbin, Matthew “Sugar Bear” Jones, Peter Van Vliet and Brenda K. Wilson.

As the close of the filing period neared, Stuart said just two candidates had signed up for the two seats. He said he decided to enter the race to give residents more choices.

“I have no hard-fast personal agenda item that would prompt me to make demands for immediate change,” said Stuart, a retired Marine and former Cherry Point depot worker. “I do however have certain preconceived ideas how we can improve in some areas and will actively pursue those if elected.

“I feel Havelock now has spent enough on large capital items and following years need to be more conservative, focus on employee benefits, maintain status quo, fine-tune services for the citizens, and remain right size in respect to overextending ourselves with no foreseeable return. The voters are wiser than some give credit, and by and large will vote on candidate qualifications, past performance and gut instinct. I hope everyone exercises his or her right to vote regardless of the outcome.”

Corbin, who ran unsuccessfully for commissioner in 2011, is a retired Marine and former Cherry Point civil service worker. He has been involved in city government for about 20 years, serving on the Board of Adjustment, stormwater committee, Brownfields committee and with the fire department.



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