By EMILY WEAVER

Of The Record Staff

Fielding questions on a variety of topics from education to economic development to racial divisiveness, nine of Dunn’s 10 candidates up for election told a crowd of less than 45 voters why they were right for the job at a panel Monday night.

Joy Williams, who lives in Dunn, said the small turnout reflected a reluctance among residents to get involved or think things will improve for the city that “hasn’t grown” in 25 years.

The population in Dunn was 9,338 in 1992. In 2017, it was estimated at 9,734.

“We need businesses here to help people. We need good housing. We need good communities. We need growth,” Williams said, looking to the one candidate running

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