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Baffling endorsement


Monday, October 23, 2017

We, as residents of Councilwoman Rose Glover’s City Council District 2, are baffled by her endorsement of mayoral candidate P.J. Connelly and his entire slate.

Glover, to her credit, spearheaded, together with now Mayor Kandie Smith, the effort to send an unmistakable message to the state Legislature from the Greenville City Council in opposition to House Bill 2. They based their opposition, in part, on the way the bill prevented localities from establishing their own ordinances regarding such things as minimum wage and non-discrimination.

So what prompted both Glover and Smith to, very publicly, align themselves with a mayoral candidate who cast the only vote against the letter opposing HB2? We just don’t know, because his vote was not in the best interest of the residents of the districts they were elected to represent.

Mayor Smith has often voted with Connelly in the past year. It is Rose Glover’s photo next to all those conservative Republicans on Connelly’s slate that seems so out of place. Connelly was also the lone dissenting vote on the proposed redevelopment of the former Imperial Tobacco warehouse into affordable housing and commercial space for west Greenville. He argued the property should be turned over to the original owner for private development after the city had used Federal funds to clean up the site.

At the Oct. 10 mayoral candidates forum at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center, Connelly stated that west Greenville was not getting the money and attention it should from the city. For the last two years, Connelly’s votes have proven not to be in the interest of the residents of our district.

This letter is not an endorsement of any candidate; just a reminder to voters to vote in the city’s best interest.

Willie Roberts and Don Cavellini