Havelock officials urge legislators to support base, other issues

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 07:32 PM.

"Everybody in this room knows what an economic driver the military is in North Carolina, and Havelock is the gatekeeper to Cherry Point," Sanderson said. "What’s good for the military is good for Havelock and good for the state and vice versa.

"We’re really excited about working with the military. There’s a lot of good groundwork that has already been laid. I do think there’s room for improvement. We’re often called ourselves the most military friendly state in the country, and I think it’s really time to step up and do some things to really solidify that."

Sanderson said work needed to be done to get ready for potential defense cuts.

"You never know from day to day what is going to come out of Washington, D.C. We have to just take it one day at a time," he said. "I think there are some preparations that we need to make in the state to get ready for the next BRAC. I think it will be here before we know it. We’re here today to try and come up with a strategy and a plan and we want to do most of the listening and y’all do more of the talking."

Speciale said he appreciated the chance to meet with the city leaders.

"You’ve all had to listen to me for years. The bottom line is I’m here to listen to you, and here what you’ve got to say," he said. "It’s a learning thing for me right now and I’m glad to be here."

Graham said that William Wainwright, the late representative who held his seat previously, was a friend and he looked forward to serving.

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