Sanders, Lewis to face off Nov. 5

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Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders, left, and mayor pro tem and commissioner Will Lewis share a laugh during Monday night’s board meeting at Havelock City Hall. Lewis is running against Sanders for the job of mayor of Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 03:49 PM.

Of the many times since 1987 that Jimmy Sanders has run for mayor of Havelock, he has won and he has lost.

In the last race in 2009, he held back challenger Charles Barnard by just 13 votes.

Now another challenger has stepped up for the Nov. 5 election, and while Sanders wasn’t surprised by the challenge, he was surprised by the opponent, current city commissioner Will Lewis.

"I was surprised to hear who it was, yes," Sanders said last week.

Lewis filed to seek the mayor’s seat on July 16.

"The first phone call I made when I left the Board of Elections office was I called the mayor and I told him very clearly that I was not running some sort of anti-Jimmy mentality," said Lewis.

Both city natives, Sanders, 66, and Lewis, 36, sit side-by-side at Havelock Board of Commissioners meetings. They are typically cordial without as much as a hint of disagreement. The same was true Monday night when the board met for the first time since Lewis filed to challenge Sanders for mayor.

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