Every citizen will have 6 representatives accountable to them versus the current 2, resulting in more representation on City Council.
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: