Sanders, Lewis to face off Nov. 5

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 03:49 PM.

"I do believe that that’s a big asset that I have. I’ve been around a long time. People know who I am and know that I’m going to be honest with them and whatever I say is what I’m going to do."

Lewis, a local contractor, came on as commissioner in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009.

"The bottom line is the mayor and I have two different philosophies about leadership for Havelock right now and I believe that my philosophy of leadership is a better fit for the challenges that we are facing, so I feel like I would be remiss if I did not offer the citizens of Havelock an opportunity to make that decision," Lewis said. "The way Jimmy and I deal with certain challenges we face and the directions that he and I want to go a lot of times diverge. He’ll want to go one direction and I think we ought to be going in another direction. I believe that I have some ideas and some ways to do things a little differently that would help the city of Havelock beneficially and I think that I would have a much better opportunity of getting those things done if I was mayor as opposed to a commissioner."

Both candidates said they wanted to enhance support for Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East and bolster economic development in Havelock.

"I don’t have any intention of saying anything at all negative about the mayor," Lewis said. "I think I want to be a little more proactive about some of the issues, and a lot of times as a city, I think we’re being reactive."

Sanders said a lot has been accomplished in his time at the helm.

"Unfortunately, you’re not going to satisfy everybody," he said. "Obviously I wish that I could satisfy everybody, but I found out a long time ago that if you’re going to do things, if you’re going to make decisions, probably some people are not going to agree with you, so you know if there are things that happen in Havelock that they don’t agree with, I guess in some ways that can be a compliment. If you haven’t done anything, you can’t be held responsible for anything."



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