Residents of Kinston scored a big WIN Monday night, February 15th, when the Kinston City Council voted unanimously to reverse the September 8th Nepotism Policy Amendment. The 2015 “Amendment” gave the green light for family of City Council members, including the Mayor, to be hired on with the City of Kinston.
The “Amendment” was force fed to the public by three sitting Council members even though resident and business owner, Logan Thurman presented a petition with over 300 signatures opposing the change. The NAACP voiced concern publicly, as did the Daily News Fix. Even so, the measure passed on September 8th and became a contentious campaign issue.
See last night’s victory video HERE
For the Daily News Fix it’s on to bigger and better things, more important issues, like getting residents gainfully employed and off welfare and food stamps, shutting down public housing in Kinston and moving residents into affordable housing owned and operated by the private sector.
The Welfare Model was designed as a “hand up”, not a way of life. But it is now used by Democrats to control minorities and gain votes. Ironically in a town like Kinston where 69% of the population is black, Democrats retain around 86% of the vote. Think about that for a minute…… minorities are enslaved by this model while their personal liberty is stifled.
The City of Kinston has never in its history elected a Republican to City Council. The first Republican Mayor, BJ Murphy, was elected 6 years ago and now in his second term.
Even though there has never been a Republican on City Council, Republicans are consistently targeted for any problems Kinston might have. Let that sink in for a minute….. Non-partisan elections were “pre-approved” in 2013 by USDOJ after a US Supreme Court lawsuit for the reversal of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Non-partisan elections will help in a town the size of Kinston if we focus less on RACE and more on electing effective diverse representation. This will only be breached through education and resolve. During the 2015 municipal election cycle, for the first time ever, the NAACP and the Lenoir County Democrat Party did not endorse candidates in the non-partisan contest. That’s a step in the right direction.
The Nepotism Policy Amendment was the non-partisan issue that created a unique cohesiveness. As a result, the election was issue-based whereby qualified and effective candidates were elected to office.
Time will tell as to the effectiveness of this new team. We are delighted they kept their campaign promises to reverse this bad policy. Now it’s up to you, the residents of Kinston, whether you pay property taxes or not, to get involved in the process.
- Go to City Council meetings
- Apply to sit on a Board or Commission (an eye opening experience)
- Contact your Council members and ask questions on the issues important to you
NOW, let’s get to work!