The Fayetteville City Council
decided last night to fill a vacancy by appointment rather than a special election.
Alan Long resigned with more than three years remaining
on his four-year term in a seat representing Ward 4. The vote for appointment over election
was 4-2, with Mayor Lioneld Jordan
casting the necessary fifth vote for approval. And then he again cast the necessary fifth vote to name Kyle Smith,
a high school teacher,
to the vacancy from seven people who'd sought the job.
I'm relying on the Fayetteville Flyer's detailed minutes
of the meeting, which included the references of a stellar lineup of people wanting to serve. Kyle Smith, a frequent attendee at Council meetings, was a drafter and campaigner for the city's non-discrimination ordinance, for those interested in that ongoing legal controversy. He's president of For Fayetteville
, the group formed to support the ordinance.
The cost of a special election and a delay of several months in filling the seat if an election were held were points made by those favoring appointment. The length of the vacancy was cited as a reason for an election.