Wilson, Stuart win commissioner seats


Mayor-elect Will Lewis, left, new commissioner Brenda Wilson, and incumbent commissioner Jim Stuart celebrate their election victories Tuesday outside the Havelock Family Moose Center that served as one of the polling locations.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 08:01 PM.

Havelock will have a new mayor.

Will Lewis won a resounding victory over long-time incumbent Jimmy Sanders in Tuesday’s city election. With vote totals still unofficial, Lewis totaled 624 votes, while Sanders got 319.

Lewis said he worked hard for the victory.

“I’ve had meet-and-greets. I’ve knocked on hundreds of doors for the last four days and talked to a lot of citizens and been in a lot of places to get in front of people,” he said. “I feel like I worked very hard for this. I worked harder on this than I did for the last two elections.”

Lewis was a two-term city commissioner who decided to seek the mayor’s seat instead of seeking re-election to the board. He will be sworn in as Havelock’s mayor in December.

“We’re going to be focused on the economic plan that we’ve already started,” Lewis said. “I’m going to immediately start with my accessibility plan, which is going to be some mayor’s office hours, getting the mayor’s calendar on the Internet where everyone can see it what the mayor is doing and where he’s at. Those kinds of things I’m going to start on immediately.

“The other things that I’ll be focused on are things I’ve been talking about all the time, protection of Cherry Point, economic diversity, making sure we have a plan for the things we want. And I also want to have a sit-down with the board and all of us talking about our expectations for each of us. We’re going to have a lot of new challenges and new people, and I think it will be good to kind of get all that aired out and find out where we’re going.”

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