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.