"The arms race for money that drives our campaigns threatens the concept of one person, one vote."
Chapel Hill Voter-Owned Elections
The 2011 Chapel Hill muncipal elections kicked off yesterday with a Friends of Downtown candidate forum.
The importance of Voter-Owned Elections was highlighted in this article in the Independent.
Bell is opting in to Voter-Owned Elections, and when prompted, she said she favors the program because when meeting with developers and UNC officials she feels comfortable that they can’t buy her vote, they can only offer $20.
“If I had to raise $10,000 to be able to hold this post, I don’t know that I could do it,” she said, adding that she has a two-year-old child and that work keeps her busy. “Honestly, I’m really good at what I do, and I don’t want to deny my community my resources because I can’t afford to take on this position.”