In an April 7 letter to the editor, Ken Royal stated he never met one of (city council member) in his grocery store or walking the street. I always see them all over our beautiful city—at events, stores, shopping centers, farmers markets, restaurants and Avenida Del Mar.
District elections occur in much larger cities or those with a large minority population. I do not care where our city councilmembers live as long as they have vision, integrity, ethics and thoughtfulness. In fact, we have had councilmembers from all parts of this city, including Talega.
True representational government is not having just one councilmember to gripe to and state your issue but all of them. Any issue requires a majority vote, not one vote. Do you really think that the other four are going to listen to you when they are not accountable to you as a voter regarding a major issue in your part of town? At-large elections give you the opportunity to vote for all five, not just one. You have much more power and representation when five councilmembers depend on your support and vote.
District elections divide the city, divide the community, divide the people, divide the issues and you get the chance to vote for just one. What a deal!