Family, job creation the focus of candidates in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Calvin Mercer, Erik Anderson, and Angela Shackleford-Williams are on the ballot for the Greenville City Council seat At-Large. The candidates agree community is the main focus but their approaches vary.

“Just to help people and become the voice of the people,” explains Shackleford-Williams. “A lot of people start from the top. I am one that starts from the bottom.”

“I’m for bringing good, well-paying jobs here to Greenville,” says Anderson. “Reducing the crime rate by actually engaging the community.”

Incumbent Calvin Mercer was unable to meet us for an interview but released the following statement:

“We’ve worked hard and successfully for jobs and economic growth and safety. I’ve always done that working in partnership with other people. Citizens have to cut through the rhetoric to see who they can trust to continue the good progress we’re making in Greenville.”

Anderson says actions speak louder than words.

“The incumbents say a lot of things but they don’t deliver on the things that they promise,” he says.

Shackleford-Williams says she plans to focus on the family structure in Greenville, giving more resources to younger generations.

“We put that in place and give them the tools they need then it helps become a better person that they need to be,” she says.

Anderson agrees that family is essential.

“I love this place and I want to make it a safe environment to raise a family in,” he says.

The At-Large seat covers the entire City of Greenville, so many different communities are represented by the position.

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