Vote Taken Away?

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

Elkton was in an uproar after Monday night's town council meeting, and it's all because they say they take their right to vote very seriously.

"This government should not take away the power of the people," said Lee Dearing, Former Mayor of Elkton.

Dearing says it's definitely important in the town of Elkton.

"This town is about its people, likes to be a part of their government," said Dearing.

Especially when it comes to their mayor.

"The mayor must be elected he is the person who carries the message forward he is the person who makes sure everything gets done according to the will of the people," said Dearing.

Randell Snow, the council member who suggested having council vote in the mayor and not the citizens, was not available for comment.

Current Mayor Wayne Printz says this suggestion is unfair to the people.

"Our people in this country are not being representative. I think you have a town council who represents a minority of the people," said Wayne Printz, Mayor of Elkton.

While Dearing and Printz have had their disagreements in the past, they see eye to eye on this issue.

"I'm surprised that this town council would not want to hear the people but yet they'll go door to door and asked to be voted for but when it comes time for the important issues, they forget the people who put them in there," said Printz.

The town will have to petition the General Assembly to pass this. If that happens, Elkton would be the only one of Rockingham County's seven towns to not have a mayor elected by the citizens.

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