The conquest of Greensboro's elected government:
Wade said the current plan allows five council members to live in the same district: the district representative, three at-large members and the mayor. That situation does not exist now, but it could. But only if the voters make it happen. It’s their choice whom to elect. And nothing about the present system prevents voters from electing at-large members who live anywhere in the city. This is a non-issue.
Wade said her plan would give every voter equal representation: one district representative and the mayor. So does the present system. The difference is that the present system affords each voter more representation: a district representative, three at-large representatives and the mayor. Five members of the council are directly accountable to every voter. In Wade’s plan, only two would be.
What Trudy Wade didn't say when she made that "five council members to live in the same district" comment: Two of those five (Mayor Vaughan, Councilman Matheny) aren't even in that district yet. Wade had to get creative with the proposed map, extending a tentacle across the City to capture them. It's the same gerrymandering BS that was used to double-bunk Pricey Harrison and Maggie Jeffus, two popular and respected local House Representatives. No matter how you slice it, this plan is nothing more than a power grab. If it was in the "better interests" of the City, they wouldn't be afraid to let the voters decide.