EXCLUSIVE: Mayoral Candidate Robert O'Neal On WITN

Two men are now challenging Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn in the November election.

Robert O'Neal filed paperwork to run just before the deadline Friday.

O'Neal is a real estate broker who ran for mayor four years ago but has decided to run again. This would be his first elected office.

O'Neal appeared live, exclusively, on WITN News at Sunrise Monday to explain why he wants to run for mayor.

"I want to bring some leadership," O'Neal said. "I feel like economically they're just missing the ball."

O'Neal said he's also worried about illegal immigrants taking jobs, committing crimes and dragging down the local economy. He says illegal immigrants can't buy real estate because they can't get loans.

When it comes to issues of crime, O'Neal discussed two incidents where he feels the Greenville Police Department could have done a better job. He said his real estate firm identified people who were committing fraud, and detectives acknowledged a crime was committed but did not arrest the people. O'Neal says in another instance, he broke up a fight at a night club and got the information of the person who was attacking another man and gave it to police. When he saw the victim a few weeks later, he was told the police did not arrest the suspect.

Filing to run for office in Pitt County concludes Friday at noon. Voter registration ends October 14. Early voting for the November 8 election runs from October 20 - November 5.


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  • by uh Location: Greenville on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:43 PM
    This is another realtor involved in slicing and dicing our town's properties without foresight nor regard for civic planning. We do not need another pharmacy box store, bojangles, and walmart right now.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    Sounds like a real leader to me. Busting up fights in a night club must be a prerequisite. Then again, with all the gang mess going on it just may have to be one. LOL
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    Is Kandi Smith running for mayor, or still ambusing the police. Did she ever pay back the 5 grand we taxpayers paid for her illegal fees.
  • by nowayjose Location: enc on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    It is commendable for anyone to run for an elected office these days and be subjected to so much scrutiny. There is such a political divide locally, regionally and nationally that it is surprising that anyone would willingly expose themselves to it. Some people assuredly run for office out of sense of civic service, others may run because they have a vested interest in affecting policy. Real estate developers obviously have such a vested interest and that is why present, past and future city councils will be inevitably be stacked with individual from that business sector; Mr. O'Neal is only the latest. It is obvious to me that there are conflict of interest issues here. Not only that but Mr. O'Neal, with his comments on immigrants is still trying to ride that increasingly tattered coattail of the tea party.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    Ooh......an EXCLUSIVE live interview? How dramatic.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to
      Yea, none of the other local stations were interested.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:21 PM in reply to
        Not even cable access?
  • by lol Location: Please!!!!! on Aug 15, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    Please tell me that the people of Greenville are not going to vote this hot head in office!!! My God that would be more of a circus then what we already have
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      by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 03:54 PM in reply to lol
      lets see if you can do a better job
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    Mr. ONeal doesn't understand the judicial system. Police investigate a report of a crime and hand the evidence to the DA. The DA then decides whether or not to prosecute. So, it's inappropriate to jump on the police if the DA decides not to prosecute. Right now, my order of preference for the mayoral position is Allen, Dunn, none of the above.
  • by Greenville Location: again? on Aug 15, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    This guy is not even good at the first job he has, why try to be a mayor also. Just what Greenville needs some dimwit that thinks he knows the law. Thomas might be the way to go this go around.
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      by Eric on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:18 PM in reply to Greenville
      Your CRAZY. I know him personally, and he does a wonderful job and WILL make a great mayor its time for a change!!!! Goodluck Mr.O'Neal
  • by Hexmeister Location: GVL on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    Good grief!! Get real Mr. O'Neal...if that's the best you can do Dunn ain't done yet. (And try to keep your hands out of your pockets when you're being interviewed...while maybe just a casual approach it makes you look like someone trying to sell bargain low land property next to some hog lagoon out in the country somewhere).
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      by uh on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:45 PM in reply to Hexmeister
      Greenville IS bargain low land next to a hog lagoon in the country.
  • by cm Location: obx on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    I guess Mr. Oneal is an expert in the area of law enforcement. The altercation at the bar is a misdemeanor violation. Law enforcement is only allowed by law to arrest for certain misdemeanors committed outside of their presence, this is not one of those misdemeanors. If the victim wished to prosecute, they should have taken some iniative to go to the magistrates office and pressed charges. As to the other incident, maybe their was not enough evidence to charge the indviduals with fraud, or maybe they spoke to the district attorney, and the d.a. did not feel there was enough evidence.
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      by GT on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:19 AM in reply to cm
      Well said Brother.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to GT
        both of you should run for mayor next chance instead of complaining about it then
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          by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:22 PM in reply to
          I have a better idea....why don't YOU run?
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