New Bern Mayoral Candidates Debate For Last Time Before Election Day

The last of three debates was Tuesday between the 2 candidates for New Bern mayor, Sabrina Bengel and Dana Outlaw. The two faced off in a debate exactly three weeks to the day after the municipal election in which the two finished first and second out of six candidates. However, since Bengel didn't receive 50% of the overall vote, the runoff election was declared, and the second round of campaigning is underway.

We spoke with each of them before the debate at Craven Community College.

"It's different. It's been different, but again it's all part of the process, and I'm so glad we live in America and we have the opportunity to do this and I look forward to the victory," said Bengel.

"In the last election, the second place finisher faced way ahead of the pack in the final election, so we'll see what happens," said Dana Outlaw.

Election day is November 5th.
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Sabrina Bengel and Dana Outlaw, the two candidates in the runoff for New Bern Mayor, debated in front of about 100 voters Monday afternoon in New Bern.

The two aldermen didn't agree on much, other than the importance of rebranding the city.

There were a few jabs,but for the most part the two stayed civil.

Bengel said, "Mr. Outlaw had the opportunity to sit on the electric services board, which might have been a good opportunity with his talk on electric rates, but he chose not to do that."

Outlaw commented on his experience from the more than 30-years he's lived in New Bern.

Outlaw said, "I know all 30 square miles of this city. I know the problems that this city has. I look forward to being the mayor that will coordinate and bring some of these problems we have such as the infrastructure issues, potholes, drainage issues, and bring them to closure."

The questions came from New Bern residents, but some thought there could have been even more opportunity for interaction with voters.

Voter Jeffrey Odham said, "They did a good job explaining their platforms. It would always be nice to have more interaction with the audience, but the forum was good."

The next debate will be Wednesday at the Flame Restaurant from 6-8 pm. The final debate is set for October 29th from 7-8:30 pm at Orringer Stadium at Craven Community College.

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