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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland’s future officials came together Wednesday night at Cape Fear National for a meet and greet with the public.

During their campaigning efforts a few took some time away to talk to WWAY about the problems their town is facing.

Although one Leland candidate did not want to discuss the issues surrounding the town’s police department, the majority of them were willing to. One even said, had she been on council, she would have done thing a little differently.

“I think it could have been handled a little bit sooner,” said Jane Crowder, candidate for Leland Town Council. “Maybe even when it first started, when it first came out, maybe it could have been addressed then. They are on the right road right now.”

Many at the clubhouse pointed to taxes as a major concern, others talked about the personnel problems.

“Even though it didn’t seem like anybody was doing anything, things were being done,” said Brenda Bozeman, candidate for Mayor. “It’s hard to talk about.”

Despite the cloud that has been surrounding the police department there were other matters of discussion at Wednesday nights meeting.

“Leland’s at a crossroads,” said Donn Garvey, candidate for Leland Town Council. “I want to make sure we don’t end up a debt ridden city of a lot of people paying very high taxes and having poor amenities. I want to pay as you go. We can have everything people want, we just can’t have it right now.”

“I am running because I love Leland. I want to be the voice of the people,” said Crowder. “I want the people to be able to come to me and let their concerns be known and I hope to address it with the council.”

With members of the current council in attendance, Leland’s complications were aired out.

“I’m so happy that the chief sent the letter to the SBI. I want our name cleared and if we’ve got any problems, I want them fixed,” said Bozeman.

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