Candidates not currently in office plan strategy

Mar 16, 2014

Candidates seeking public office in Haywood County who are not incumbents have been meeting toplan a strategy for the May primary election.

A preliminary meeting was held on March 6, said Phillip Wight, a Maggie Valley alderman and Republican county commissioner candidate.

Those at the meeting included Democratic commissioner contender, Kyle Edwards, Wight and the Libertarian Party's candidate, Windy McKinney of Jonathan Creek.

Michael Matthews, a former Maggie Valley alderman and a Republican candidate for Haywood County tax collector, also attended.

During the discussion, important topics facing Haywood County in 2014 became a focus for further conversation. Among them were debt reduction and the $68 million in debt held by the county.

In a show of solidarity toward finding ways to help taxpayers keep more of their own money, and growing Haywood County's economy, the group decided to meet again to discuss ways to manage the county's debt.

The candidates have invited the public to attend the meeting.

The meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. March 19, at Sagebrush in Waynesville will offer the public an opportunity to meet the candidates first hand and having their voices heard.