Friday, June 12, 2015

An open letter to the candidates who applied for Zack Matheny's District 3 seat, City Council, Management and Greensboro's Legal Department

Marykay Abuzuaiter, Nancy Hoffmann and Mike Barber live in what will appear to be a new District 4 which overlays Greensboro's current District 3.

As a pecuniary interest exists in controlling the seat via a taxpayer funded salary, Abuzuaiter, Hoffmann and Barber should recuse themselves from the votes to replace Zack Matheny and the budget vote to fund DGI, as they would be ridding themselves of a contender for a job they would also apply for, as Hoffmann already has.

"pecuniary interest" is an interest that a person has in a matter
because of a reasonable likelihood or expectation 
of appreciable financial gain or loss to the person 
or another person with whom the person is associated"

"Section 3.02(b) of the City Charter states that the person chosen by council must be a qualified voter and resident of the city and of the district where the vacancy occurred" according to the agenda item.

Section 3.02(b) doesn't appear to involve "Each council-member may nominate one candidate" and only nominated "Candidates may take the podium to speak".

I object to not letting candidates not nominated by a Council Member speak.

To restrict speakers who applied for the position without informing them of these restrictive conditions is an attempt at partisan/political censorship, and a violation of candidate's First Amendment rights.

As Abuzuaiter, Hoffmann and Barber have skin in the game, and as two candidates have stated they would not run for the seat, which is likely to change in location, these Council Members and other Council Members who support certain others within an environment where the political tactics of nominating Council Members can alter the outcome.

All candidates should have the opportunity to speak for the job, especially considering the very short timeline.

Abuzuaiter, Hoffmann and Barber should not discuss or lobby for or against any of Zack's replacements or DGI between now and the votes.

Any citizen who wishes to speak on the matter should be allowed to do so as well.

George Hartzman
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