No longer mayor, Sanders to remain part of Havelock

Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 08:57 AM.

Sanders served as a city commissioner or as mayor for 29 years. Even though that time is ending, he’ll still be involved with the city as president of the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group.

Still, he’ll have a little more free time and plans on some trips with Cherrie, but Havelock will always be home.

“We’re Havelock people and the bulk of our time is going to be spent in Havelock,” he said. “This is my home. This is where I live.”

He looks forward to time with his grandchildren.

“All I’m trying to do is make sure they have great memories,” he said. “When they think of their granddaddy, I want it to be nothing but fun. I have great memories of all the fun I had with my grandparents and I just want to leave those same memories with my grandkids.”

Sanders said being a part of the development of the 50-acre Havelock Recreation Complex during the 1980s was one of his greatest achievements as a city leader.

“It makes me feel good. To me, these are the things that local government should be doing,” he said. “These are the important things. These are the things that will make a difference in the community and in a kid’s life. If we don’t provide the kids something to do, the kids will find something to do and often it’s not something that we might want them to do.”

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