First Listed in This Week in the Triangle
By: Stephen Horn
Today, I spoke with State Representative Erin Paré (R-Wake) about her bill (HB99) to reform the election of Wake County Commissioners. Although there are established commissioner districts for residency requirements, the whole county still gets to vote on each of the candidates from each district.
Paré has compared the current situation to “Taxation without Representation.” The current at-large election method allows whichever party has a majority in Wake County to control every single seat on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. For instance, in 2022, the Republican challengers received an average of 38.02% in the three contested county-wide commissioner races, but there is not a single Republican on the board.
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