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The recent attention to the issue of declaring Wilson County as a Second Amendment sanctuary caught my interest. I wanted to contact my representative on the county Board of Commissioners to urge him or her to vote in support of my viewpoint, but I had no idea of whom that person was.
I realized that this was probably the case for 90% of the residents of Wilson County. Your newspaper is probably the single media outlet that reaches the majority of interested residents, so I suggest you print an article or series of articles concerning local government, such as:
• How are commissioners elected? At large or by districts?
• If by districts, how are they defined? How can I determine my district, who is my representative and how can I contact him or her?
I would appreciate the same information concerning our city governments.
Essentially, I am asking the media — you — to provide citizens like me with the information needed to become actively involved in local government.
I appreciate any information you can present to us.
William C. McGowan
Editor’s Note: The seven Wilson County commissioners and seven Wilson City Council members are elected by district. Wilson’s mayor is elected at-large. The writer lives in Wilson County District 6, represented by Commissioner Chris Hill, and the city of Wilson’s District 5, represented by Councilman Donald Evans. The county’s website features a district map and the city’s website has a district directory searchable by street address. Information for all federal, state and local jurisdictions is available on the N.C. State Board of Elections website. Visit https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ to view your voter registration and see which city, county, school board, congressional, judicial, prosecutorial and state legislative districts include your address.