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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