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Fayetteville City Council fills vacancy by appointment of Kyle Smith, leader of For Fayetteville

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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.


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