Incumbent Jim Stuart faces four new candidates

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

“I believe that it’s time to step up and start helping make decisions,” he said. “I’ve got nothing against the other people who are running. There’s a good selection there, but just remember, I’m the pretty one,” he joked.

Jones has run unsuccessfully three times previously for commissioner and three times for mayor. Jones is a retired Marine who works at Fleet Readiness Center East.

“Just like before, the people are still incensed about how the city is being run, and we definitely need some new blood in there because it’s stagnating,” Jones said. “There’s no new things, no new ideas. People are not thinking outside of the box, and for a place to grow you need new ideas. We need to shake up the place and see what comes out.

“I think if you outlive your usefulness, you should come out and let somebody else try. I think eight years should be enough to get something accomplished. Unless you’ve got something in the works that needs your immediate attention and immediate support, you should come out after two terms.”    

Van Vliet, a newcomer to city politics, is a former Marine who works at Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point.

“I’ve ingrained myself in the community and I want to give back,” Van Vliet said. “I’ve been here since 2006. The more I give back now, the more my kids are going to benefit from that, the stronger Havelock becomes, the harder the choice is going to be for my kids to leave Havelock.

“I have four children. They are varying ages from 6 to 14. If they grow up in a strong community and they do decide to leave, they’ll go out and build a strong community just the same. So I want to make sure that I can afford not only for my children but all the children of Havelock, that they come from a strong community.”

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