Mayoral candidates discuss differences, similarities

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

Lewis said he would like to preserve the F-35 schedule and work to get the jet squadrons as quickly as possible.

“That’s important. That’s how we’re going to save the base,” he said. “We’re not going to save it by holding on to a legacy airplane.”

Lewis said he is concerned about the possible loss of 3,500 civilian jobs at FRC East.

“I know everybody’s concerned, Carteret County, Craven County, New Bern. They’re all concerned,” he said. “It will affect everybody in the whole region, but it will decimate Havelock. This is our neighbor. We’re attached like Siamese twins to Cherry Point. We’ can’t let that base get away.”

Lewis said he also is in support of building a new business park, and he is also in favor of development of a Havelock-centered strategic plan for economic development.

Sanders said the strength of Havelock is its quality people.

“We are unique in Eastern North Carolina,” he said. “There is no other community that is as friendly and welcoming and as diverse. The relationship between us on the civilian side of the fence and the military is an absolute blend. We live together. We go to church together. We play together. We go to school together. For Cherry Point, it is necessary for them to have a visible barrier, but other than that, the rest of the community here is interlocked.

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