Monday, April 29, 2013

NAACP Voices Opposition to City Proposals to Change Charter

Longview News Journal - Click here for full story.
From Staff Reports

Gregg County election workers began installing voting booths across the county Friday, readying for the opening of early voting Monday for the May 11 general election.

Voters will let their voices be heard on an array of municipal issues from bond elections, charter changes and legalizing alcohol sales to selecting mayors and school board trustees.

Longview voters will decide on two propositions to change the city charter — one to increase residency requirements from six months to one year for a candidate to file for office.

The other proposition proposes to charge a $100 filing fee to run for office or 25 signatures on a petition. While the NAACP has voiced opposition to both proposals, a majority of City Council members and the mayor have said they believe serious candidates will be able to muster the money or the signatures. Council members Richard Manley and Kasha Williams voted against calling the charter elections.

The issue most likely to pull the largest number of voters to the polls is a proposition to legalize the sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption citywide.

Longview’s Proposition 1 would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption in all areas of Longview.

Central, South and East Longview allow the sale of alcoholic beverages, while the rest of the city is dry.

Members of Longview United for Growth, the group that gathered signatures to call the election, call their proposal going “damp” since it would not allow the sale of liquor citywide.

While there has been no organized opposition to the proposition, a similar effort in 2007 was narrowly rejected by Longview voters. The 2007 election pulled 15 percent voter turnout — compared to 5 percent voter turnout in the 2012 election.

See also Article: Longview Voters, April 25th

No comments:

Post a Comment