See what the attorney said about the Ward 3 Appointment Process during the Committee of the Whole Meeting. See Event Center Parking Presentation.
I am going to see how the citizens in Ward 3 respond to the mess that took place during the appointment of Rev. Richard Joyner to replace Judge Lamont Wiggins former councilmember.
Qualifications as it relates to what happen on Monday night has nothing to do with a candidate doing the job.
Qualifications per the Rocky Mount Charter states: No person shall be eligible to file for, or be elected to, the City Council, or to serve thereon, unless such person is a qualified voter, 21 years of age, a resident of the City and of the ward from which he seeks to be elected, and has not been disqualified as provided in the Constitution of North Carolina.
It is funny none of the councilmembers spoke about Rev. Richard Joyner the man other than Rev. Reuben Blackwell Councilman when he made his comment during the appointment process.
I have read and heard some folk say that Rev. Andre Knight and Rev. Reuben Blackwell both councilmen were scared they were going to lose their power. What power?
I have yet to hear them say who they would have voted for out of the 5 candidates before Gwen Wilkins removed herself on the night of the appointment.
So I don’t think they know how Rev. Richard Joyner is going to cast his votes but what is obvious is that the 4 councilpersons who voted for him all live on the Nash County side and Joyner works on the Nash County side at the Hospital.
Some folk think that this appointment is totally limited to Rocky Mount City Council politics but that is because they don’t know how politics work.
But the main thing Joyner was not qualified on Monday May 14 and he is not qualified on today. If he was he would have been seated on the council on the same night he was appointed. Joyner will not be a qualified and validated voter in Ward 3 until May 21 and if that goes without any discrepancies he will be seated during the June meeting.
If I was the Edgecombe County Chair who just happens to be a resident of Rocky Mount and lives on the Edgecombe County side I would have attended the meeting and spoke about the process. I also would have done it if I was the Nash County chair. But where were the other good Democrats of Edgecombe County that should have been concerned about the voter registration process.
I can’t wait to see if the Ward 3 voters will respond by writing letters to the editor and also attending the council meeting in June and speak out for or against the appointment.
Like I said if the Ward 3 folk like it then I love it but I am still going to talk about the process.
See what happened on Monday night for yourself.
Photos/Video: Lois Watkins Rocky Mount Councilwoman Make Motion To Appoint Unqualified Rev. Richard Joyner To Replace Now Judge Lamont Wiggins
The Rocky Mount City Council is set to consider the appointment of a replacement for the vacant Ward 3 seat among other topics Monday evening.
The council will discuss the five candidates for the seat during its 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole workshop prior to the regular meeting.
Councilman Andre Knight maintains one of the candidates is ineligible for the appointment due to residency and voter registration issues.
The Rev. Richard Joyner moved into Ward 3 in mid-April. He won’t be eligible to vote in the ward for another few weeks. That should disqualify him, Knight said.
During his interview for the seat last week, Joyner said he made sure he was eligible.
The other candidates are (Read more)
The system is set up so that black folk are scared to speak out even when they are hurting. When you hurt me I am going to let you know. When you hurt other folk and I can see for myself what is going on, I hurt then too. I refuse to be silent on issues that affect folk as a whole.
I look at all of these media outlets and social media sites how they single out certain folk. But most of all I look at the comments and who are not afraid to speak out. Them white folk ain’t scared.
Look at what black folk being speaking out about on social media. Just damn scared until it hit home.
Right now there are 2 things going on on social media that is dear to me, I said to me because I know some of the folk or have been contacted by some of the folk.
In Sharpsburg there is discussion on 252 Hoodnews about black folk (women/young folk) cars being towed that don’t need to be towed when the Sharpsburg Police Department call a local wrecker to get the cars. If the folk don’t pay the money to get cars back they get to sell them. I have been told and it has been stated that when the folk ask to let their cars sit there and they come back to get it or to request to call their own wrecker, they have been denied.
Today in the paper and all those I named above are going after Councilman Andre Knight. Look at the comments who are saying what. Black folk are scared to comment.
Now I understand some black folk are scared to comment because they are scared of retaliation. Well just know that when your time comes, you may need some folk to help you while you were silent while it was happening to others.
This pisses me the hell off because I refuse to be silent. I can’t understand how folk sit back and allow injustice to take place and say nothing.
I will not sit down and shut up even if you come after me. I will stand until the end.
I ain’t mad with nobody, however I will not allow you to promote mess that ain’t right. Tell the whole story!
While Councilman W.B. Bullock expressed his distaste for the city using eminent domain power, he did support it in the case of three properties associated with the proposed downtown community facility.
“I am not in favor of exercising the power of eminent domain 99 percent of the time, but I understand this situation and it may be a while,” Bullock said before the vote. “I hope we’ll look at every possibility before we do this.”
Officials said an amicable resolution on the purchase of 207 and 209 Goldleaf Street as well as 240 Atlantic Avenue has not been reached and eminent domain is recommended. The properties are among the parcels planned for the proposed downtown community facility, which is being designed but has not been formally approved for construction by the City Council. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: It is a shame to Rocky Mount Telegram do not expose these ignants hiding behind code names. When will these ignants respond sensibly to the articles posted? I have come to their conclusion that their mission is to attempt to divide and conquer but they can’t! So glad there are more folks with sense than these ignants who continue to post just that ignant mess! Some were waiting on a response from the City Council and I feel it is a damn good one! Thank you!
Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs spoke Monday on behalf of the City Council in opposition to the proposed dissolution of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools along county lines.
“The county line merger would divide Rocky Mount students and would be detrimental to the cohesiveness our community has been building,” he said. “And it would be contrary to the Twin County Visioning and Strategic Plan, which calls for regionalization.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: But if I am correct it was among the citizens and not with the council nor the city manager. It just happens that the comments were made during the citizens comments and the KKK comment was about those who oppose it from a citizen that obviously is for it. So how does this editorial from the Telegram be an accurate discussion on RACE when the city manager and the staff are working the issue and not the citizens. The black citizen and The Community Council discussion I would think plays no role in how the city manager and the staff will continue to move forward. This is just my ignant opinion but I stand behind it because this editorial plays no bearing on how the city manager and the staff will continue to move forward. I bet they have not thought about the comments coming from either side because it is obvious that they are going to continue to move forward. The race issue has been a problem long before the council became a black majority. Some whites said they were going to leave town if it happened. So as long as the council stay a black majority and the city manager is black, then it will continue to about RACE. Folks can be in denial all they want but RACE matters. We will see on Monday how the city manager, city staff and the council move forward on the issue and we will see if the KKK comment has any bearing on making the event center happen.
No place for race in event center debate
Whatever your position on the feasibility of a downtown event center, the only purpose for bringing race into the discussion is to further polarize a community that should be working together.
A resident who spoke before the Rocky Mount City Council Monday night did no one any favors when he compared the ad hoc Community Council to the Ku Klux Klan because of its opposition to the center proposal. The only color people see when that kind of nonsense is uttered is red. It does nothing to encourage a reasoned debate. (Source: Read more)