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SPRING HOPE — Two seats on the Spring Hope Board of Commissioners are up for grabs with three candidates seeking them in this year’s municipal election.
Incumbents Brenda Lucas and Nancy Walker face newcomer Prudence Wilkins. Only two of the three women will be commissioners when the election is over.
Lucas has served on the town board for six years. She’s lived in the area all her life, moving into town about 45 years ago.
“I love Spring Hope,” Lucas said. “I want to be a voice for the town. I’m concerned about everyone’s safety and well-being.”
Walker, a two-term commissioner, was born and raised in Spring Hope.
“I want a seat at the table,” Walker said. “I’m very into Spring Hope. I want Spring Hope to be better.”
Wilkins serves on the board of a nonprofit fighting addiction in Wake County. She said she moved to Spring Hope eight years ago and hasn’t seen much in the way of economic development.
“The town is stagnant,” Wilkins said. “It’s not appealing. It’s not marketable.”
Lucas said the town needs to be cleaned up. She wants lawns with cut grass and yards free of junk cars.
“You don’t have to have much, but keep what you have clean,” Lucas said.
Walker wants the town to fix its wells or build new ones so utility bills can be kept low.
“We need to keep the cost down so we can keep our water bills down for people,” Walker said.
Wilkins said she wants to see more attractions for younger adults.
“I talk to young people and they say there’s nothing for them to do here,” Wilkins said. “They say, ‘we just live here.’ They have to leave town to shop, for activities, to do anything.”
Lucas is a widow with a son and daughter and three grandchildren. A site manager for two apartment complexes, Lucas said she likes Spring Hope’s small town atmosphere.
“We know each other,” Lucas said. “People bond. We care.”
Walker is a widow with two daughters and five grandchildren. She lived and worked in New York for a time, but returned home to retire.
“I love the small-town life,” Walker said. “I got so tired of the hustle and bustle.”
Wilkins is married with five children. A local small business owner, Wilkins loves Spring Hope’s small-town appeal.
“It’s very family orientated,” Wilkins said. “It’s not too big, it’s just the right size.”