Rocky Mount NC – Press Release: GOTV Rallies Heat Up Rocky Mount Elections

GOTV Rallies Heat Up Rocky Mount Elections

Rocky Mount, NC – Several African American leaders in Rocky Mount are standing together to shed light on local elections and expose plans to divide votes within communities of color. “Black communities in Rocky Mount are being bathed in money generated by the Republican Party locally, statewide and nationally to turn the tide of progress in our City,” stated Andre’ Knight, City Council Representative and Candidate for Re-election of Ward One. Knight, a well-known community activist, commented that “several candidates, running under the banner of Sandy Roberson, millionaire and a member of the Nash County Republican Party Executive Committee, have adopted a theme of unity, but their policies and solutions reflect anything but togetherness. For almost an entire year, Roberson supporters have flooded City Council meetings, social media and Rocky Mount Telegram letters and articles with talk of unity and love. They have opposed affordable housing initiatives in downtown Rocky Mount, opposed the construction of the Rocky Mount Event Center on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount, halted the progress of a world class hotel and parking complex on the site of the Event Center by working with the State Auditor and State Treasurer, supported the dismantling of the Nash Rocky Mount School district into a county line district and attacked the appointment and leadership of hiring leaders of color in City management positions and their policies.”

Knight, joined by Rocky Mount City Council members Richard Joyner and Lois Watkins, will launch Get Out the Vote Now Rallies on Monday, September 30th from 3 pm to 5 pm at Shaq’s Parking Lot on Grand Avenue and Saturday, October 4th from 1 pm to 4 pm at Boone Street Park. Information will be shared which will shed light on what this election is about and what stakes are at risk. These Council members will be joined by area pastors and community leaders to speak to attendees about why elections are not for sale.

Lois Watkins, retiring City Council Representative for Ward 4, commented that “I am very concerned about what is happening in our City. Efforts that our City Council and City Manager have led and implemented that support and promote equity, inclusion and shared prosperity are being labeled as racist, divisive and self-promoting. For 16 years, this City Council has turned the tides of disinvestment and loss in Rocky Mount into an emerging City with opportunity for success occurring for everyone. We have done a lot and yet a lot still has to be done. That’s why we must keep this Council intact. We have beautiful and safe workforce housing today in neighborhoods that were branded as “bad,’ ‘hopeless’ and ‘dirty’. Why would anyone want to oppose our growth and development?”

Rev. Richard Joyner, City Council Representative for Ward 3, pastor and nationally celebrated CNN Hero, was appointed last year to fill an unexpired term. He added that “we build strong communities that unite our City by telling the truth about equity, access, inclusion and the historical understanding that explains why we are where we are today. We’ve got to talk about how we move forward. In this election, people of privilege are spreading money to our residents for votes to derail long-term efforts that strengthen our resilient neighborhoods. We need to support workforce housing, current economic development and continue to partner with people and organizations that have worked tirelessly to build sustainable wealth in communities and for community residents that everyone can be proud of. Our neighborhood residents have worked hard to get to where we are now and this invasion must stop.”

Reuben Blackwell, City Council Representative of Ward Two, non-profit executive and civil rights activist, added “although I won’t be here for the rallies, I completely support and endorse my fellow Council members. Rocky Mount has led change from the bottom up. Our City Council and our City team has worked with and listened to the working poor and those community members whose neighborhoods have been rife with crime and neglect. We have cleaned up blocks, funded new housing and rehab efforts, helped lower utility rates, created dynamic momentum downtown and partnered with economic development agencies to recruit and fund efforts to build industry and bring jobs into our region. We cannot afford to back up on progress. We still have alarmingly high health disparities. Our children are still trying to learn in old school buildings in Rocky Mount that the Nash County Republican leadership have intentionally not funded at appropriate levels because the schools are in Edgecombe County. But our community is beginning to wake up and our people are beginning to understand that they can create a better future for themselves and their children if they stand up to the influence of big money. And that is also why we are calling for masses of people to join us in forming an organization and movement to come together around equitable and just development principles, programs and projects.”

He added that “United Rocky Mount is a newly forming organization comprised of individuals who live in Rocky Mount and are united around fair and affordable workforce housing, equitable business development, strong and high performing schools, youth and senior programming, downtown redevelopment and sustainable economics. Join us as we work to continue to change our future and create a history that we can all be proud of.” The Get Out the Vote Now Rallies will begin at 3 pm at Shaq’s located on Grand Avenue on Monday, September 30th and at 1 pm at the Boone Street Park. The media and the public are invited to attend.

Some Black Folk Tickles The Hell Out Of Me, I Know You So Don’t Talk To Me Because I Am Going To Tell You I Ain’t The One

Some Black Folk tickles the hell out of me following Ignant Ass Candidates and The Special Cs.

These folk up here on Social Media talking about change and new when their asses have not been attending the council meetings. Tickles the hell out of me they have so damn much to say.

If you are voting for your friend and/or family member that is fine but leave out the b.s. going along with The Special Cs WSBS.

I repeat it ain’t about the Special Cs for me, it is about Ignant Ass Black Folk allowing them to come in the community and then push their agenda.

I know who you are so if you see me, don’t talk to me because when you do, I am going to say I ain’t the one so remember this message.


In Response to Letter to the Editor: Change good for Rocky Mount – Rocky Mount Telegram (Mary Ward)

I get so sick and tired of folk throwing out mess without making direct examples that one can truly respond to them. They do the same things they accuse others of doing. They say b.s. but when you question them they either change the narrative or go away.

Taxpayers who are residents, business owners and homeowners have a right to expect city government to make the best decisions for the greatest good of everyone, not just to benefit a cadre of individuals’ personal agendas. This is a great vision to have no matter what the reality is.

So how does these folk get to determine what is the best decisions for all of the citizens in Rocky Mount?

Who are the cadre of individuals who benefit from personal agendas?

With transparency has come revelations that a high level of accountability and credibility are questionable with our current City Council and city management.

So what is considered transparency?

So what is questionable with the current City Council and city management?

The fact that our current police force is short by at least 16 officers, some of whom have moved on to salaries that afford increases and benefits that put their standard of living above struggling, should concern everyone.

So why should everyone be concerned?

So what do you suggest is the solution for this issue?

I see this retention issue as a City Council and city management and budget issue that has nothing to do with race or ratio. City Council members are elected by the public to represent the public’s interest and secure economic climates that are stable.

So what is the retention issue?

A city is an entity of a whole and the Committee of the Whole is elected to maintain equitable distribution of improvements in all wards and recruitment of capital investments that enhance the quality of life for each citizen. The Crossing at 64 and Springfield/Raleigh boulevards has land for a motel and mixed income housing right off the highway that goes from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina. It has less intrusive noise lodgers long for because no one wants to sleep next to a railroad track that carries industrial as well as passenger trains 24 hours a day.

So when did you get to determine that the land at the Crossing at 64 and Springfield/Raleigh boulevards has land for a motel and mixed income housing? Or are you speaking from a factual source or only from the talk from the Special Cs in Rocky Mount who have mentioned what could be and what ought to be at the Crossing at 64?

So how did you come to the conclusion that the Crossing at 64 is the location that has less intrusive noise lodgers long for because no one wants to sleep next to a railroad track?

Has the Rocky Mount Planning Board recommended to City Council to pay $100,000 to hire a firm to conduct a feasibility study? With most of Edgecombe County’s city residents being people of color as well as the current City Council, it would seem an obvious and perfect location.

So you ask the question about has the Rocky Mount Planning Board made a recommendation to to City Council to pay for a feasibility study? Well hell the Planning Board meetings are open to the Public so have you attended and or questioned the Planning Board? 

So you accuse others of interjecting race in the equation but damn you are getting somewhere now when you say with most of Edgecombe County’s city residents being people of color as well as the current City Council, it would seem an obvious and perfect location. Oh hell no the the obvious and perfect location is where the proposed area has been chosen and I stand behind this even though I am not a residence of Rocky Mount. It just makes damn business sense and makes common sense.

As an African-American who has lived in Rocky Mount for 30 years, I see no fruit in throwing the idea of race out there every time there is opposition; opposition is what makes for high-level thinking processes.

As a Black man who has worked in Rocky Mount for 32 years and almost 8 months I have been actively engaged in Rocky Mount Politics.

I began voting when I turned 18 and I joined the Edgecombe County Democratic Party as a Precinct Chair around 38 years ago and I have served on the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee as the 3rd Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, 1st Vice Chair and Chair. I have been serving on the Executive Committee all of these years and continue to do so today.

Rocky Mount Elected Officials that live on the Edgecombe County are members of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee so that is one of the reasons why I am concerned about who will serve on the committee with me.

I joined Black Workers for Justice which consisted of Caucasians, Black and others 32 years ago. Black Workers For Justice was located right across the street from the little white church where the Rocky Mount Event Center is located. I get so damn tickled when the Special Cs say that the Knight Family moved the church to that location. 

I attended some community meetings in Rocky Mount beginning back in the late 80’s and still continue to do so.

I joined the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP 27 years ago and I am a happy Life Fully Paid Member. I have been a Vice President all of these years.

I began attending the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission meetings back in the early 90’s and this is when I met Mr. & Mrs. William & Gardenia Hobbs as Mrs. Hobbs served on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. The Hobbs became my mentors.

I began attending the Rocky Mount City Council meetings often after the city was up for the All-American City in the late 90’s early 2000’s and during that time was when the Rocky Mount Planning Board voted against Andre Knight being able to have an Adult Daycare at the Prestigious Big House he purchased on Falls Road that was previously owned by a former banker Wimberly Gregory. Andre challenged the Planning Board and the Rocky Mount City Council.

Andre Knight and Carol Batchelor along with the late Rev. Dr. Elbert Lee who was the President of the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP went to Philadelphia and challenged that the city was not ready for the All-American City because of Race Relations in Rocky Mount NC.

Since Andre Knight challenged the city becoming an All-American City, he ended up losing his job at Edgecombe Community College because the Caucasian Big Wheels Blackballed him. I told him that he College was going to fire him because he had challenged the city.

After the city fired Andre Knight his solution was to move to Edgecombe County Ward 1 because that Ward was up for election so he could get on the Council and be a voice for the folk of Rocky Mount. Hell the blackballing didn’t stop there and the Big Wheels along with Rev. Roosevelt Higgs who was Chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party was the chosen one the Field Negro to go after Andre Residency. He also challenged my residence and Lawrence Taylor. Andre challenge ended up going to the courts and Andre appealed it and he came out victorious. Edgecombe County ended up having to pay Andre’s attorney fees.

I served as Vice Chair of Nash Edgecombe Economic Development N.E.E.D. Inc. over 24 years ago and served for several years. I served until myself and Mr. William Hobbs who was the N.E.E.D. Treasurer and also Chair of the Nash County Democratic Party and I was also the Chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. Mr. Hobbs and I were kicked off the N.E.E.D board by the Edgecombe & Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners because we were going to honor the N.E.E.D. Director’s resignation but he wanted to rescind his resignation and we along with some others said it was time for him to go. When we got kicked off some others resigned in support of us.

I joined Common Ground around 19 years ago that was founded by now Rocky Mount City Councilwoman Chris Miller and we met up until the group disbanded due to some of the members began to have to take care of aging parents and other. Common Ground consisted of training on how to deal with Race Relations in Rocky Mount. The group 1st stared out with the business community but didn’t get the participation and then it was offered to the Ministers and didn’t get the participation. When it was offered to the Community the group that participated we continued to meet for years after Chris and Andre Knight were elected to the Rocky Mount City Council in 2003.

Somewhere around 1997 Lewis Turner one of my mentors that I met with Black Workers For Justice and he traveled with me across the state to meetings, Carol Batchelor, Amanda Taylor, a few others along with Andre Knight and myself we founded the group Northeastern NC Committee on the Affairs of Black People after learning about the work of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People.

The group held meetings around the city dealing with Rocky Mount politics. We held meetings about the high utilities in Rocky Mount. We held a community meeting at Truth Tabernacle and we invited the Rocky Mount Utilities Commission to come address the community. During this meeting this is when our group found out about the City Electric rates were tied to the partnership with ElectriCities.

After Councilman Andre Knight took former Councilwoman Angela Bryant’s seat on the ElectriCities Board that met in Wilson NC and he fought them. I took time off work and attended some of the meetings.

Learn more about ElectriCities – The Energy Behind Public Power – ElectriCities.

Andre also had to fight on the bigger board NCEMPA Board. Click on the previous link to get more information about the fight.

You can learn more about North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA).

I have much family, friends and associates along with enemies in Rocky Mount.

I have put in the time, energy and resources when it comes to Rocky Mount Politics and I will challenge Black Folk, Special Cs and whomever.

I propose that we look beyond race and gender issues and begin to strategically and objectively look at what the citizens and taxpayers need from City Hall leadership.

Race has been and is the driving factor of the climate of the happenings with the Rocky Mount City Council, City Manager and Staff, Police and Fire because the City Council is a 4 –3 Black Majority, City Manager and many Department Heads are Black, Police Chief is Black and most recent just this past week the new Black Fire Chief was introduced.

Rocky Mount needs the diversity of brilliance that breathes life into all communities inside this city.

So you say you been here for 30 years so I assume you moved here. However 30 years ago the city Council was majority Caucasian, City Manager was Caucasian, the Departments head were all Caucasian, Chief of Police was white, Fire Chief was Caucasian so you question diversity back then? Oh if I am correct you retired from the Rocky Mount School System and I remember you reaching out to me about school issues years ago unless there is another Mary Ward in Rocky Mount.

I strongly disagree with Rocky Mount needs diversity of brilliance that breathes life into all communities inside the city because this council has been more transparent than any damn group since I have been attending Rocky Mount meetings.

Change is necessary to all eviate complacency. Term limits to serve on the City Council need to become policy.

It is a damn shame and an insult to me that you as a Black Female has the audacity to write this b.s. when I have been a part of the struggle and have had to fight. Let me rephrase that, I didn’t have to but because I chose to be a voice for the people, I chose to fight. It is an insult to me and those whom allow me to speak for them all I have fought for when it comes to Race Relations and Injustices in Rocky Mount and you talking about damn term limits.

Hell years ago former Attorney, former Judge and now Congressman G.K. Butterfield, former Attorney, former House of Representative, Retired Judge and now Senator Toby Fitch along with others had to fight to change the make up of the Rocky Mount City Council because they used to be At-large so in order to get Black Representation they had to go to the courts to get Wards put in place.

So this damn mess with Rocky Mount City Government is not just about Councilmen Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell. The Special Cs have attempted to discredit our Black Leadership over the years and I have refused to be silent even when I have had to stand by myself calling these haters out.

So for the Mary E. Wards of Rocky Mount, I refuse to allow you and any others who have the mentality when it comes to Rocky Mount Politics to discredit the struggle that has gone forth and that still continues.

The problem with Rocky Mount Politics is the Special Cs are mad because they are now the majority minority. I believe the bible says that the 1st will be last and the last will be 1st. Now back in the day the population was majority Caucasian but now the population has shifted.

But although I have an issue with the Special Cs my biggest issue is with ignant Safe Black Folk who pushes the Special Cs agenda. However I recognize and understand that some folk are ignant to the facts because they don’t know the Whole Trues!

I know the history of Rocky Mount Politics over the past 32 years and I will challenge anyone and I don’t live in Rocky Mount. I have been fighting for the folk in Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County and abroad for over 32 years. I fight for those who don’t know me and that I am even fighting for them. I fight for those who love me, I fight for those who hate me because I believe the bible says forgive them, for they know not what they do.

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!

I am have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

I am Unbought and Unbossed!

I am The Watch Dog of the East!

I am The Political Agitator (Professional)

Rocky Mount City Council Meeting Monday July 22, 2019 4:00 PM Rocky Mount Telegram (LJK)

The Rocky Mount City Council is set Monday to receive a community update, hear from the public and hold a public hearing on a proposed public-private downtown hotel and parking deck project.

City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney is scheduled to deliver her first community update. The council voted recently to receive updates from Small-Toney during regular monthly meetings.

The council also will receive petitions from the public. Anyone wishing to address the council is asked to complete the citizen sign-in sheet and hand it to a police officer, preferably prior to the beginning of the meeting but definitely prior to speaking. Presentations are limited to no more than three minutes. The time will be monitored.

For the second meeting in a row, the council will hold a public hearing relative to a proposed development agreement, ground lease and capital lease for downtown development.

No action on the part of the council is listed on the meeting’s agenda.

The council will consider a lease agreement with Sandra Taybron for . . . (Read more)

Arrest warrant issued for council candidate – Rocky Mount Telegram (Amelia Harper)

The Political Agitator’s response: You see I tell folk if they are running for office they need to talk to me. I could tell them some things and let them know if I would support them or not. Well dude and I talked a couple times and I knew it was something about him. Well this is about as damn ignant as it gets to put yourself and your family out there opening yourself up for scrutiny and for your life history to show nuff become public. He can’t say I didn’t try to talk to him. But what tickles the hell out of me is how the Special Cs were boosting dude out there. Sources say he was connected to Sandy Roberson For Mayor, Community Council Lige Daughtridge, Attorney Steve Stevenson, WHIG-TV, LoveRockyMount, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Tales of An Educated Debutante, Fighting Crime & Who’s Wanted, Kip Meadows and others.

A candidate for the Rocky Mount City Council is facing an order for arrest in Edgecombe County but says he is dealing with the issue.

Tarrick Pittman, 45, has been cited for failure to appear for an April 15 court date on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while his license was revoked and for an expired registration plate on a 2006 BMW driven on March 5, according to a copy of an arrest warrant obtained from the Rocky Mount Judicial Center on Wednesday by the Telegram.

This is not the first time Pittman has faced charges in Edgecombe County related to driving without a license. In 2002, he also was cited for driving while his license was revoked. That charge was dropped in 2010 when it still had not been resolved in court and had aged out of the system.

In addition to these two cases, Pittman was charged five times in Nash County for driving with his license revoked in the time period between 1997 and 2003. In 2009, he also was charged with . . . (Read more)


Williams responds to flawed plan

Today, Sandy Roberson’s campaign released a public safety plan that shows he has little knowledge of government and how it supports public safety. There are serious concerns members of our city have when it comes to safety and security. The plan released today falls short and here are the reasons why:

1. According to experts and numerous studies, hiring more police officers can lead to a reduction in crime; however, a more prudent approach, according to research, is the more effective management of police officers and stronger community-policing initiatives. Even their combined impact, though, accounts for only a fraction of the documented reductions.

2. Research has shown that adding more attention to crime-prone areas is effective. However, this can be done with managing existing staff in beats that need the greatest coverage.

3. Policing equipment needs are ongoing, the issues are how do we pay for them and what is the highest priority.  The Rocky Mount Council approved new equipment to have our own lab for bullet shell testing; they also have place shot spotters in strategic places around the city to help them better pinpoint where gunfire is coming from in a designated area.

4. In order to build strong bonds, you have to be engaged with the city. Our police department is engaged and are forming new alliances.  Yet, there remains a feeling among citizens that police are not a part of the communities they serve.  How engaged is candidate Roberson in the city’s various communities?  Beyond recent engagement that came after his announcement to run for mayor, what has he done to forge relationships in any community in Rocky Mount?

5. What training does candidate Roberson have to be effective in evaluating police training models?  Currently, the police department has a number of ways it gathers community input: citizen’s police academy, community-policing initiatives (Coffee With A Cop), officers attending community meetings, etc.

6. The City is currently in the process of assessing the salaries and job descriptions of the Police Department and the entire city.

7. Creating jobs is more than a novel idea, it’s needed; but what is the role of the Mayor in that process? Besides, I thought that candidate Roberson’s first priority was jobs.  Now, he is saying his first priority is crime.  Which is it?  We need a mayor who is clear what the priorities are; but, we can only have that from a person who knows the City. In order to do that, one must know the citizens. Additionally, the Mayor has to have Council support to move on the office’s priorities.

8. What candidate Roberson suggests here can be done; but, ultimately, these programs face funding and marketing issues.

9. The relationship we have with Sheriffs Atkinson and Stone are solid relationships and they (the Sheriffs) are already doing fantastic jobs in combating gun violence, drugs, and a number of other pressing issues. 

“Healing racial and county-line issues” is a great soundbite; but, we have heard this before from previous candidates who became mayor. And yet, we are still talking about the same problems.  That’s because soundbites have and always will lack sincerity. I will be the Mayor committed to citizens because I have always been committed to the people. I didn’t start when I decided to run for political office. In two weeks I will release our citizen-driven plan.


The Political Agitator’s response: I find the following to be quite hilarious. If I am correct this release is from a consultant’s office out of Raleigh. So it is funny to me how some folk talk about consultants when it comes to the City of Rocky Mount hiring consultants. So since the Special Cs  talk about how Black folk use consultants where the money should be spent, well what about the monies dude is spending in consultant fees. Well the Special Cs will respond saying that is his money. Well the City Council votes on a budget how to spend money so it is their money. Oh somebody missed that part.

See my comments/questions in red throughout the release. Let’s go!

Monday, July 15, 2019

For Additional Information Contact:
Madeline Crone (919) 946-5791


ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Sandy Roberson, candidate for Mayor of Rocky Mount, released today his campaign’s plan to fight crime, gang violence and illegal drugs in the city. Roberson said if he is elected the next Mayor he will make public safety his top priority.

Funny how the Special Cs have a problem when the the city began to make public safety a top priority and took some steps to make sure folk at the city hall are safe after the Tales of An Educated Debutante went into the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney’s office acting like a bully. Hell she is not a resident of Rocky Mount but it is okay for certain folk to bully the folk at city hall. But what is funny is that during the last council meeting the Special Cs called the council members EVIL and Voo Doo Spirits. There were no words for the Tale of an Ignant Ass though.

“Almost every voter I talk with tells me they want the next Mayor of Rocky Mount to focus on public safety. Citizens are worried about incidents of violent crime involving guns and gangs,” said Mr. Roberson. “Too often we have negative news coverage related to the ongoing drug and gang violence in our city.”

This goes to show that the folk you talked to do not know the role of a Mayor and the City Council members. The council members are the ones who have the votes. Now I agree you can bring to the table about public safety but they are the council members and they will have to entertain it. Hell show me a city that do not have negative news coverage bout drugs and gang activity.

“I am the only candidate for Mayor to offer voters a thorough plan to focus on safer neighborhoods across our city,” said Mr. Roberson.

So you have the other candidates plan. Hell the campaign forums have not even began, damn the campaign filing period has not ended so you don’t even know if others will file for mayor.


1. I will work with the new Chief of Police George Robinson to put more officers on the street, working patrols and expanding community policing.

So have you talked to Chief George Robinson because how can you help him when a mayor only get to vote when there is a tie. So how many times have the current mayor voted?

2. We will make sure we have increased patrols where the incident rates of crime are higher, improving response times and deterring criminal activity.

That sounds good but how do you plan on making that happen if it is a problem now per you?

3. I will work with Chief Robinson and the City Council to look at any equipment needs the police department may have in order to improve their jobs and help curb violent crime.

So again you are correct you will look at what the council members vote on and sign off on it like previous mayors. That is what the mayor does sign off on things.

4. I will work to build strong bonds of trust between our citizens and our police department

I am glad you said you will do this because that is an insult to think that the Chief can’t do that on his own by meeting with the citizens. He don’t need you nor the city council to do that.

5. I will work with Chief Robinson and the City Council to review our current training models and work develop programs that integrate citizen involvement and input.

When in the hell did the mayor and the city council begin to get into training models and programs? Hell again that is an insult to the Chief.

6. I will work with the Chief and City Council to review salary schedules for our first responders to make sure we are competitive in the marketplace when it comes to pay.

This sir is not a mayor or city council role. This is something that the city manager and the chief will work on. Then it would be brought before the council and voted on if need to and again you have no vote unless it is a tie. If voted on you will sign off on it.

7. I will focus on new job creation because if we really want to cut crime, you do it by creating new jobs and economic growth. We can cut crime when we reduce poverty.

So when has a mayor created a job? This is what Allen Matthews Economic Development, The Chamber and The Carolina Gateways role. The city council create jobs when they do things like the Event Center and the proposed Hotel/Parking Lot. These are the type of things that the City Council can sign off on to create jobs but Allen Matthews work to bring in businesses.

8. I will work with community mental health advocates to look at improving our mental healthcare delivery system; we also need to look at alternative sentencing programs, and prison re-entry programs to provide support for those who need it.

So when did the city begin to deal with mental health that is a county program.

9. Finally, I will work in a positive manner with our elected Sheriffs in Nash & Edgecombe Counties to have a united front when it comes to fighting gun violence, gangs and illegal drugs in our city.

So now you want to work with the Sheriffs when both counties could use financial resources so here we go that consultant money you could have donated half of the total to each county Sheriff Offices. But what in the hell is work in a positive manner?

“As a businessman, I have always focused on executing a plan and getting results. If you elect me as your next Mayor, I will work full-time to tackle this issue. I will work to make sure we improve public safety and allow every resident to feel safe and secure in their neighborhood,” said Mr. Roberson.

I will dare to question how you run your business but as an Edgecombe County resident I question the political pieces. You say you will work full-time to tackle this issue. Really just what will you do? Damn you may as well run for Sheriff but please do it on the Nash side however I like Sheriff Keith Stone and I would definitely support him.

You will allow every resident to feel safe and secure in their neighborhood. Now that is hilarious as hell.

“Finally, I will be a Mayor who works to unify our city; who will cross partisan, racial and county lines to pull us together so we can work for progress and prosperity. That is the type of leadership I will provide Rocky Mount,” Mr. Roberson added.

There goes that code words again unify our city. How do you plan to unify the city? Unify who? Who are divided? The only folk talking about being divided are the Special Cs on WHIG-TV, Community Council, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, LoveRockyMount and Tales of An Educated Debutante.

So connecting with your classmates in the Black Community since you are seeking the Mayor seat now you all about crossing partisan, racial and county lines. REALLY!

I am not a Political Consultant but I am The Watch Dog of the East and The Political Agitator.