Promises to keep?

The Prince George Board of Supervisors seemingly was of like minds when it came to one criteria required for the person appointed to finish the term in the vacant District 2 seat.  That requirement was that the person would promise to not run for election to the seat in the November election.  The general consensus of the Board is that by appointing a person with plans to run in the Fall it would be seen as an endorsement by the Board of Supervisors, giving that candidate an unfair advantage in the election.

Constituent satisfaction with sitting Supervisors is an ephemeral thing.  Just ask Reid Foster the incumbent who lost his District 2 seat in the last election. So …  being a sitting Supervisors may not be an advantage at all.

This is made murkier by the fact that Prince George County has two at-large voting districts with three Supervisors from District 2 and two Supervisors from District 1.  It is hard to know who one’s constituents really are and it is impossible for constituents to know which Supervisor to hold accountable for actions taken or not taken.

The Prince George Democratic Committee is considering adopting a resolution supporting single member voting districts so there would be only one Supervisor (or School Board Member) elected from each precinct.  The resolution is in the drafting process and may be considered for a vote at the Committee’s May meeting.

Any thoughts on the matter?

2 thoughts on “Promises to keep?

  1. Otis, the PG Dems have draft language for a Committee Resolution supporting single member voting districts. It is now in circulation among the members. That will be our first step followed by a formal presentation to the Board of Supervisors. Following that there must be possibly years of public outreach, public speaking, petitions, etc., to make this issue actionable. Are you in?

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