I think every citizen in Burlington has a right to voice their opinion and participate in the local political process no matter who they are or what they are or where they come from or what their religious beliefs are. But for me to base all of my decisions based on my reading of the Holy Bible just isn't going to happen.
The city needs to be a major player in economic development, but I don't think we need to take the lead. We need to look to the professionals on that. Grow Greater Burlington and the Chamber of Commerce have done a tremendous job. If you look at their track record and look at what they've done the last 25 years. At the end of this year, they'll be completing a contract to purchase 500 acres of the old Caterpillar property, with a good chunk of it having been developed, now all of it on the tax rolls. Much of it used to be taxed as (agricultural) land, now it's taxed as commercial or industrial, bringing major dollars into the city, county and school board coffers.
I'm very pleased to finish in the top three, but I know from past experience that I got my work cut out for me. I want to thank the folks that voted for me and ensure them that I'm going to do my very best to represent them if I should make it through the general election. I very much hope they remember to come out on the general election and vote. I send my congratulations to the rest of them who made the top six and my condolences to the three who didn't make it through.
I don't see any point in tabling the action. My impression is there are three council members who are opposed to the idea of giving the honorary name of Jim Kelly Way to Mason Road. To continue the hearing because they don't want the idea of honoring Jim Kelly to go away is not the right action to take. If they want to pursue the idea of naming something after Jim Kelly, then the other option should be pursued, but not through this proposal ... I understand Mayor Mike Edwards would consider tabling it to wait to see how Sunrise West's subdivision is finally platted, but if there are three people who are opposed to it, then there should be no reason to table it.
Certainly I feel like I'm the tip of the arrow at times because certainly the national media wants to talk about the fact that I'm a black Republican and some people think of that as zany that a black person would be a conservative but to me what is zany is any person black, white, red, brown or yellow not being a conservative.
I think it's very clear that the American people are frustrated with this move toward socialism. And so whether you're back or white, if you believe that the conservative construct is in the best interest of our future, than you too would be voting with Republicans, and if you had the opportunity to run you'd join us as well.