Raleigh, June 28, 2016 –
Yesterday, the NC Senate passed SB 897 which will change Asheville City Council Elections by dividing up the city into six districts. Here is the statement Sen. Terry Van Duyn gave on the Senate floor:
“I would like to thank Sen Apodaca for extending to us the courtesy of previewing this legislation and inviting input from the rest of his delegation. Representatives Fisher, Turner, Ager and I all requested modifications that we believed addressed Senator Apodaca’s concerns and the concerns of those constituents that reached out to him, while giving everyone in the city a sense of ownership in the process. Not a single one of our requests was considered. Nor were requests made by the duly elected mayor of the city of Asheville.
That unwillingness to compromise has left many in Asheville, including myself, feeling like this bill isn’t so much about finding a solution to a problem, as it is retribution against the citizens of Asheville for electing the wrong kind of people.
As I mentioned in committee and thank you Sen. Rucho for giving me the opportunity to speak, we are elected to represent our Districts, not Rule them. And we are elected to represent all the people in our districts, not just the people who voted for us. Inviting the stakeholders to the table, may slow down the process, but it preserves faith in the system. Our approval numbers would indicate that faith has been severely bruised.
This bill undermines public trust in the work we do, and for that reason, I urge you to vote no on this bill.”