The City Commissioner Council

Congratulations are in order for the winners of last night’s City Council race.  It didn’t go exactly to my liking but four out of my five votes cast landed on a winner.  The overall makeup of our new council is a real shakeup in certain ways but in others it may turn out to be dejavu all over again.

To me, the most interesting development was that despite a wide and long-held public refrain that our usually contentious (read disfunctional) county Board of Commissioners ought to be kept corraled in the Old County Courthouse lest all hell break loose once they got out – Greensboro’s voters showed a willingness to see how they can behave in City Hall.

Mike Barber, Mary Rakestraw and Trudy Wade served together on the Commission in previous years and know each other’s ways and quirks quite well.  The three were, for the most part, amicable toward each other.  Let’s hope that holds. 

Seeing as all three served the Commission as Republicans (sort of – thinking Barber here), their election – along with Perkins - might signal a welcome shift of a different sort:  Better fiscal restraint.  If so, I’ll eventially stop licking my wounds and become a cheerleader.

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  1. meblogin
    Posted November 7, 2007 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Well said.

  2. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 7, 2007 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    It was nice to finally meet you last night.
    Your last paragraph touches on my statement at Joe’s.
    “Acknowledging the city council race was non partisan, the registered Republican representation increased from 11% to 44% Tuesday.”
    Hogg: Better fiscal restraint.
    Good answer David.

  3. Posted November 7, 2007 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    When you consider the fact that the backers (PACs and Developers) of yesterday’s winners are the same people who have run City Government for years and years how can you expect any sort of change for the better?

  4. dhoggard
    Posted November 7, 2007 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Hope springs eternal, Billy.

  5. joe wilson
    Posted November 8, 2007 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Hope does spring eternal ,David thanks for your contributions to our effort. I hope we can count on you in our new citizens group.

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