Why Vote For 6?

  • Every citizen will have 6 representatives accountable to them versus the current 2, resulting in more representation on City Council.
    • 1 Mayor
    • 1 District Representative
    • 4 At-large Representatives
  • Having all city council members elected from single member districts is a structural flaw. Over the past twenty years under this structure, we have seen where issues that dealt with a limited geographic or socioeconomic section of the city could not be successfully addressed.
  • Council members elected at-large can be more impartial, rise above the limited perspective of a single district and concern themselves with the problems of the whole community like unfunded stormwater needs that continue to put large populations of our community at risk.
  • The change would concert 4 of the current 9 single-member seats to at-large. There will still be 5 single member districts.
  • Each of the 5 single member districts will represent 42,000 residents, still far smaller districts than NC’s other major cities.
    • Charlotte 124,000, Raleigh 93,000, Greensboro 60,000, Durham 95,000
  • Having at-large candidates will increase voter turnout. This is especially true in Fayetteville when one or more district politicians are uncontested, or the Mayoral race is uncontested.
  • With at-large candidates, voters have an opportunity to vote for several candidates. If one or more of their candidates-of-choice win the election, the voter is likely to feel more represented than only getting to vote in single member districts.
  • Most cities in North Carolina have some form of at-large members as part of their municipal structure. Nine of the 12 largest North Carolina cities have at large members as part of their city council structure.
    • The City of Fayetteville had at-large members as a part of their City Council structure until 2000.
  • Local governments in Cumberland County all have at-large members.
    • The Cumberland County Board of County commissioners has 2 at large members of its seven-member board.
    • The Cumberland County Board of Education has 3 at large members of its nine-member board.
    • The Town of Hope Mills and the Town of Spring Lake both have at-large members as a part of their structure.
  • There is no bias within the proposed referendum because of our diverse voter base: