Home Rule Charter Amendment One
and it’s a very interesting one. Monday night, on second and final reading, the ordinance proposing Home Rule Charter Amendment One and submitting it to the voters for their approval was successfully amended from a proposed election date of August 2012 to the November general election in 2010.
Sponsored by Ed Hagerty and supported by Commissioners Floyd and Sellers, the amended ordinance passed 3-1-1 with Mayor Linda Elam voting against and Commissioner Jim Bradshaw abstaining.
If it is approved by the voters it will prohibit both the mayor and commissioners from holding any other elected office while they serve on the city commission. If the Charter Amendment passes, and Mayor Elam is elected to the state legislature, she will have to choose between being Mayor or being a state representative. Likewise, if Commissioner Bradshaw is elected to another term on the City Commission, he would have to resign his County Commission seat before he could be sworn in for his City Commission seat.
Several accounts of the meeting confirmed that the mayor is furious that this charter amendment has been proposed and placed on the ballot for this November.
Her only strategy at this point is to attempt to stall any official notice of the amendment from reaching the Wilson County Election Commission. According to the Sec. of State’s website, the deadline for candidates to file is 8/19. The deadline to withdraw is 8/26. After 8/26 absentee ballots can begin to be printed.
Can Mayor Elam stall the official notification of the referendum for eight more days? What will the City Manager do? What will the City Recorder do? What will the other City Commissioners do?
Pull up a chair and pop some popcorn. This should be entertaining.