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Schizophrenic Randy Voller faces apparent conflicts of interest

By Brad Johnson
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - The Greater Pittsboro Community Development Corporation was founded in 2010 and its President and Chairperson is Randolph Voller, Mayor of Pittsboro. There is a lot of overlap between Randy’s roles as Mayor of Pittsboro, President / Chairperson of the GPCDC, and Chairman of the NC Democratic Party. How well he can separate these and be impartial for Pittsboro's Citizens?

Until recently the GPCDC website also listed three town commissioners as Advisory Board members raising the question of just what their role was and if they should have recused themselves from votes involving GPCDC projects. Immediately after the question was raised, the GPCDC web site was updated to remove the the town commissioners and other members. In fact, commissioner Michael Fiocco said his name was up on the Corporation's website without his knowledge or permission.

In 2012 the Pittsboro Board discussed and voted to accept a grant from the NC Rural Center on behalf of Alpha Install for building renovations. The grant required a five percent match from the town of Pittsboro.

During the discussions, there was no mention of the Greater Pittsboro Community Development Corporation, nor were there any recusals.

However, the GPCDC website contains a press release touting the grant: “The town of Pittsboro, working through the GP-CDC, applied for and received a grant of $128,000 from the NC Rural Center’s NC Building Restoration Program…” The press release also highlights the efforts of Mayor Voller who spearheaded the grant effort. Exactly who was Mayor Voller representing during the grant acquisition process? Isn’t there an inherent conflict of interest in the Mayor working to procure grants for businesses, developers or investors dealing with GPCDC, especially when that exposes the town to financial liability?

Mayor Voller was the Chairman of the Chatham Democratic Party, and is now Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. The GPCDC is set up as a 501(c)3 Corporation has clear restrictions on political activity: "No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in or otherwise intervene (including the publishing or distribution of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office" But this is the very definition of a Party Chairman. In order to keep these roles separate, Mayor Voller would have to compartmentalize his mind to such a degree that he would almost qualify as schizophrenic.

The citizens of Pittsboro would certainly benefit from someone who had the time and interest to be more focused on our needs rather than all of these other agendas.

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Schizophrenic Randy Voller faces apparent conflicts of interest
Randy Voller has faced ethical questions throughout his political career. In February 2012, the Associated Press reported that Voller owes nearly $290,000 in back taxes and penalties.