Mayoral candidates discuss differences, similarities

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

Lewis said he is offering a fresh approach and would be more aggressive if elected mayor.

“I think that my leadership style is different than the current mayor,” he said. “I think that I will be a little more proactive in dealing with things, in issues that arise. I like to do things a little more based on goals and benchmarks. I like to set benchmarks and priorities and achieve those priorities, which I think is a more proactive method to get things done.”

Lewis used the need for more development in the city as an example.

“You make a plan on what you want and how to get it and then you activate that plan, as opposed to accepting all comers, so I think I’m a little more straight forward about how we’re going to achieve a goal, which is different about my leadership style,” Lewis said. “I also think that while I have grown up here, I don’t really have any ties to a lot of things like the current mayor does. That sometimes does affect the way we can get things done, like old relationships. I don’t mean to say that Jimmy clings to them, but old wounds can take a long time to heal. I don’t really have those.

“I don’t think Jimmy and I have a lot of differences in terms of where Havelock needs to be. I think that I tend to be a little more progressive about things I’d like to see change in Havelock and about how fast I’d like to see change.”

Lewis said he is a big advocate of the use of  online social media to reach a section of the city population that would otherwise be left out.

“They want things fast. They don’t want it slow. And they don’t want to come to meetings. They want to get it on Twitter,” Lewis said.

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