Pete Cowan is running for a second full term as Burgaw mayor. “We have a number of goals we have set. We have a strategic plan, and I am working to finish that plan and complete the plan,” he said.
Elaine Tyson is challenging Cowan. As a member of the town’s planning board and Board of Adjustments, she said Burgaw needs a change. “I want to help the people to be informed of the issues surrounding their town; the issues they’re concerned about,” she said.
Tyson believes the biggest issue facing the town is the plan to build a 14-mile sewer line between Burgaw and Wallace. Cowan said that will more than double Burgaw’s sewage treatment capacity. Both candidates also agree the aging sewer lines in the town must be replaced.
Cowan said the biggest issue for Burgaw is managing growth followed by creating jobs. “We’ve created a number of jobs, but we need to create more. With the growth comes a need for more jobs.”
He said those jobs will come from attracting businesses. Tyson said the town must be able to meet the additional needs. But change and progress present challenges.
“I think we always want to maintain the small town charm of Burgaw, and not destroy that. At the same time encourage growth,” Tyson said. “It’s just a balancing act.”
Balancing the small town feel and history with the future is of particular interest to Cowan. “The quality of life and the charm of our town is of utmost importance, along with public safety.”
Cowan has seen the historic depot renovated during his time in office. But that project is one Tyson said folks in Burgaw need to know more about. She said, “People really don’t understand all the ins and outs of the depot, and that’s a big issue for them.”
Don’t forget early voting ends Saturday at your county Board of Elections office. Election Day is Tuesday. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.