Havelock voters are set to decide the city’s leader for the next four years when they head to the polls on Tuesday.
The race for the city’s mayor involves incumbent Jimmy Sanders and challenger Will Lewis, a current member of the Board of Commissioners.
Voters will also select two of five people to serve as city commissioners — George Corbin, Matthew “Sugarbear” Jones, incumbent Jim Stuart, Peter Van Vliet or Brenda Wilson.
During the campaign, Sanders has touted his experience. The 66-year-old has served as the mayor since 2005 and has had previous stints as mayor and on the Board of Commissioners.
Lewis, a two-term commissioner who gave up the chance to seek re-election to that board to run for mayor, has said he offers a new approach to handling complex issues and would be proactive in setting priorities and goals.
As for the commissioner candidates, Corbin said he offers 20 years of involvement on various city committees and boards, while Jones promises to represent the people and not special interests. Two-term commissioner Stuart said he has eight years of city budget experience under his belt, while Van Vliet said he would bring youthful exuberance and energy to the board. Wilson said she has 30 years of business experience as a realtor and a true passion to serve for the good of Havelock.
Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The East Havelock Precinct voting location is the Havelock Moose Family Center at 1007 East Main St., while the West Havelock Precinct voting location is at Tucker Creek Middle School at 200 Sermons Blvd.
Generally, those living south and east of Miller and Fontana boulevards vote at the East Havelock Precinct while those north and west of those roads vote in the West Havelock Precinct.
Only those registered to vote can vote on Election Day on Tuesday. However, those who are not registered to vote can register and vote at the same time during the early voting period. Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Craven County Administration Building at 406 Craven St., in downtown New Bern.
The East Havelock Precinct has 5,003 registered voters, while West Havelock has 4,972. In the last Havelock municipal election in 2011, which involved three commissioner seats and did not include a race for mayor, 644 residents voted out of 8,786 registered voters for a voter turnout of 7.3 percent.
For more information on early voting, precincts or the election, call the Craven County Board of Elections at 636-6610, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to the elections website at www.cravencounty.com/departments/elc.cfm.