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WATCH: Pender Commission candidates talk about top priorities

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - With less than a week to go before election day, local counties have seen more early voters than this time four years ago. In Pender County, more than 12,000 have already voted.  This year there is only one county commissioners race on the ballot.

Fred McCoy is running for the first time against F.D. Rivenbark who has been on the Board of Commissioners for about 16 years.  Although, he is new to serving in the political world, McCoy says he's spent more than 30 years working for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He says one of the things Pender County needs to do in order to grow is to build more infrastructure and says his engineering background will help accomplish that.

"We need to continue our other infrastructure such as water and sewer, this county has so much potential, and with long planing and leadership the county has a bright future," said McCoy.

Rivenbark agrees that infrastructure is important, but says an additional focus needs to be on classroom space. He says, while serving on the board he's visited schools and seen the need for more room, especially on the eastern side of the county.

"Almost every single school is saying we are out of space, we have some [students] in temporary classrooms out back, or we will be out of space soon," said Rivenbark.

Commissioner Jimmy Tate is also up for re-election, but he is running unopposed.

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