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District voting? Tell the truth!

By Greg W. Stafford
Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Let's be honest about district voting. The entire issue is stopping the voters of less populous districts from have their choice for commissioner. Why do you pretend otherwise?

The proof of my view will be in the District 4 commissioners race. What do you want to bet that northeast Chatham folks decide that Mr. Ernst should not represent District 4? I am willing to bet Mr. Ernst wins the popular vote in District 4 yet loses in the NE of the county and therefore loses the seat.

Does anyone here disagree? Does anyone here think Ernst will lose in District 4? Does anyone here feel good about the reality that countywide voting will take away the voice of those in more rural areas of Chatham and hand the power to Briar Chapel, The Governor's Club, The Preserve, The Legacy, Fearrington? Folks that is where the power is and that is who will increasingly decide these elections.

Frankly countywide voting is in my personal interest. My wife works in the Triangle. I am an attorney. I live in a neighborhood with large lots and large houses...well bully for me...but that does not mean I should be telling people in Northwest Chatham who truly represents their interests.

Be clear that I am not griping about Mr. Vanderbeck and nothing here should be seen as an endorsement of either candidate. This is simply a matter of do what I think is the right thing for democracy.

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