Greenville Mayoral Candidates Gather

Greenville voters are choosing a mayor within the next 11 days, and all three candidates took part in a forum Friday morning on WTIB-FM and Cable Channel 7.

Ask the candidates what they think is the most important issue facing the city and you'll get three different answers.

Candidate Allen Thomas says, "To me the most important important issue is really two-fold. One is jobs and crime in the city. And they both impact each other significantly."

Mayor Pat Dun says, "Well, I think dealing with our budget which we have been doing since I've been mayor. We have lowered the departmental costs."

Candidate Robert O'Neal says, "I think regulations from the state and federal government and regulations that the city are imposing upon businesses."

WITN'S Dave Jordan joined Brian Colligan from the Daily Reflector and ECU's student government president Joshua Martinkovic to ask the questions.

Moderator Henry Hinton explains how Friday's candidate forum helps get their messages to the voters. "Just a service to let the voters meet the candidates. It's the only broadcast and real forum of this type anywhere during the entire election process."

Early voting is going on now in Greenville until November 5th. Election day is the 8th.

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All three Greenville mayoral candidates will take part in a public forum Friday.

Sitting Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn and challengers Allen Thomas and Robert O'Neal are all scheduled to take part in the speaking engagement beginning at 7 a.m.

Henry Hinton will moderate the forum, which can be heard on WTIB 103.7. WITN's Dave Jordan will be part of the media panel.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    WITN, if it is possible can you report what the candidates platforms and priorities are. Thank you.
  • by Hazel Location: Farmville, NC on Oct 28, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    I was disappointed while listening to the candidates on the radio this morning. They were discussing how close bars could be to other establishments. One man was concerned that if students that got too drunk to drive couldn't walk home, it would hurt ECU's reputation as a "party school"; and therefore, the attendance would drop. How sad that parents are spending their hard earned money on students who are more interested in partying than getting a good education!!
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      by it is us on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM in reply to Hazel
      Given that NC has some of the cheapest tuition in the country, it is the taxpayers who are paying most of the bills for the ECU students. In addition to paying for the school and teachers there, we pay for all of the extra infrastructure, police, traffic, pollution, huge parking lots etc. If Greenville was serious about cutting down on public drunks, they'd only have to start enforcing the drinking age. ECU could then expel the repeated law-breakers.
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