Councilwoman Kelly Jarman is depending on you to FORGET her misdeeds and total disregard for the people’s will with the recent Nepotism Policy Amendment she helped push through. Some folks will give her a “free pass” for incomprehensible reasons. She knew the people were adamantly against this policy change but stubbornly ignored the residents of Kinston. And this is why we fail as a City. We keep electing elitist crony politicians that ignore the real answers to the obvious problems we face. This is not sound reasoning when considering a candidate who will spend a minimum of four (4) years making life changing financial decisions for residents while leading our City. Unqualified elected leaders put an undue burden on all residents of Kinston. Past municipal elections have been a partisan popularity contest.
Jarman is married to Lenoir County manager, Mike Jarman and serves on the Recreation Commission, a joint City/County funded entity. The Recreation Commission has more power than other commissions and boards. They make influential recommendations to City Council on joint spending that rarely go challenged. This nepotistic arrangement is a big no-no! yet it has existed for the last four years while the public acknowledges the act but gives silent consent through inaction. After all, holding governmental officials and elected officials accountable is taboo or may offend someone (tongue in cheek). Read HERE for more detail and HERE for a news column calling for Jarman’s resignation from the Recreation Commission.
We need candidates with knowledge of how the private sector works. Ms. Jarman’s entire career has been with the school system, her salary paid for through taxes. Hence, Jarman may be more prone to think of and spend public money as an entitlement. Those in the private sector understand struggles that Jarman simply cannot. She actually stated that because the school system allows nepotism the City should follow suit. See this VIDEO. Of the reasons she gave for allowing nepotism in government, the most incomprehensible was that nepotism will increase our tax base. No, I’m not kidding! See my blog on the great debate HERE.
Early voting is going on now at the Board of Elections at 110 S. Herritage St. weekdays from 8:30 AM ’til 6:30 PM and closes 8:30 AM ’til 1:00 PM Saturday. Municipal election day is Tuesday, November 3rd from 6:30 AM ’til 7:30 PM. This may be the most important and pivotal election in the history of Kinston. It’s time to elect responsible leadership. Vote today!
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