Election Watch 2015: Race for Greenville’s District 1 seat heating up

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – WNCT is previewing many key races to help you decide on who to vote for this election season.

In Greenville, the race is heating up against two women running for the City of Greenville’s District 1 seat.

“I’m not afraid to challenge issues because they need to be challenged,” said Kandie Smith, Greenville District 1 incumbent.

Smith is fighting to save her seat on city council. She is facing off against Patrice Barrow.

“Finding out what the people in my community really want to see changed,” said Patrice Barrow, Greenville District 1 challenger. “Things have been progressing but not growing,”

Both agree that economic development is a key focus of the campaign. Smith says it’s a main point of what she has accomplished so far.

“We have a lot of student housing in Greenville. Everybody knows that,” said Smith. “We have a lot of people who say, ‘We need professional development.’ This is a wonderful opportunity because we’re going to have market rate housing.”

Barrow says she would like a more concentrated focus on crime.

“Decreasing crime is a definite focus of mine and bringing in positive police conversations,” said Barrow.

Both candidates agree voicing the public’s concerns are top priority.

“With electing me into the seat for city council District 1, you will have continued representation like you’ve had for the last 6 years,” said Smith.

“I would like to provide our community with a new voice,” said Barrow. “A different venue so that your concerns can be heard.”

District 1 covers the northwest portion of the city, including Vidant Medical Center.

Elections are November 3rd.

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