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As I am familiarizing myself with this local N.C. House race, several issues have come to my attention that fascinate me.
One, according to her peers, it appears Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield enjoys a longstanding reputation for not attending sessions and votes concerning our community. Collecting a paycheck but professionally AWOL.
Two, Ms. Farmer-Butterfield seems to be an absentee neighbor. Many people cannot recall seeing her in town or at local businesses shopping or dining. In 25 years I have not seen her once other than on the freeway heading to Raleigh, while my friends and I keep seeing and bumping into Mr. Fontenot consistently about town conducting business, dining, visiting and being involved in community, church and fund raising for African-American youth. The contrast is stark.
Finally,people have told me that when Ms. Farmer-Butterfied does participate in governing, usually her votes are more along party lines than in accordance with what is actually good for Wilson — in other words, prioritizing political identity at the expense of actual, verifiable representation of her constituents.
This race seems less a matter of voting for someone because of political philosophy and more importantly, choosing someone who actually functions as a legitimate, committed participant and representative of our community.
Mr. Fontenot seems to have the lock on dedication, integrity and sincere concern for our city, and his personal resume speaks volumes.