One Signature, One Voice

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

It's a little town full of dilemmas. Now hundreds of residents are outraged and putting their name on the dotted line.

Right now it's not for certain the town wants will take away the right to vote in a mayor; but the air can't be cleared until those in charge know what's really going on.

"It's a dictatorship I mean I mean people should have the right how they want to in there," said Timothy Mowberry, Elkton citizen.

"We want who we want not who they want," said Sherry Hilbert, Elkton citizen.

"They are taking away the rights of the town for the people who live in the town," said Wendy Taylor, Elkton citizen.

The hundreds of citizens who are signing this document are under one impression the changes to the town charter will take away their right to vote for their mayor.

"I think it's wrong for the town council to elect a mayor I think the people should have the choice to do it," said Taylor.

"It's a democracy, I mean we got people fighting for that right now in Iraq, and I mean they are trying to do it right here too," said Mowberry.

But right now no changes have been officially decided. Council members declined to comment on updating the charter until they've set it all in stone. One thing is for sure the public is speaking out loudly to be sure their voice isn't taken away.

"I don't want the town council to decide our fate in this town it's not right I mean we are the people we pay our taxes," said

Elkton's council will vote on the proposed changes on Monday. From there it goes to the General Assembly in the hands of Delegate Steve Landes who says the town needs to get on the ball. Landes says he understands that any town needs to be sure their laws are up to date especially so they won't get sued in a worse case scenario. He says this is their final chance to get it approved. Landes says it takes thousands of dollars to just bring laws on the House and Senate floors. So they need to get their ducks in a row if they want to put this into affect.

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