Mayoral candidates discuss differences, similarities

Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 09:00 AM.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders sees similarities between himself and mayoral challenger Will Lewis. But he said the main thing that separates them is his 30 extra years of life experiences.

“I think maybe Will is probably where I was when I was 40 years old … a little more fire in his guts, if you know what I mean,” Sanders said.

The 36-year-old Lewis, a two-term city commissioner, is mounting a challenge for the position held by the 66-year-old Sanders since 2005.

“A lot of the stuff I learned, I learned through screwing up,” Sanders said. “I’ve been there and I have learned through screwing up, and Will hasn’t learned through screwing up yet. That’s life, and life experiences are going to make you who you are, and failure is part of it.

“I have 40 years of experience. I have relationships and friendships in Washington, D.C., in Raleigh, in New Bern. I truly believe that those relationships and being known is helpful.”

Sanders said he has relationships with N.C. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker, and her predecessor, Keith Crisco, and U.S. Reps. Walter Jones and G.K. Butterfield.

“I think that over the years that I have learned a great deal about how to bring people together and form coalitions,” Sanders said. “Often, if not always, confrontation is not successful.”



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