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I am running city-wide for At-Large Councilmember and seek your help in making Greenville a city of excellence.
Through the very challenging economic recession, I have worked on developing prudent city budgets, which required no cuts in essential services, no increases in taxes, did not spend down our safety fund balances, and yet encouraged smart new development projects.
In the last two years, however, the Council’s new leadership reversed much of our fiscal prudence and other hard-won gains, which occurred prior to its seating. This less productive, less transparent majority also has been less supportive of city staff, presiding over the departure of high-level, key personnel, including the city manager, assistant city manager, public works director, police chief, fire chief, and others. The rate of major crimes increased slightly last year (2012), reversing two years of double-digit declines (in 2010, 2011).
Since joining the Council in 2007, I have worked on and/or supported numerous big projects, which are helping make Greenville the residential, commercial, cultural, and tourist center of eastern North Carolina, including:
Some of the other projects I am taking a lead on and, with your help and a reasonable majority on the Council, I will continue to pursue as your At-large Councilmember include:
My regular newsletter, available upon request and emailed to Greenville citizens, has shown that I will keep you informed about your city government and explain my positions and votes on important issues. You will know why I vote as I do, and you will not have to guess what is going on behind the scenes.
Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, I have lived and worked in Greenville for many years. I plan to continue living and working here, and I understand the issues and challenges of people and municipalities in our part of the state. I am committed to this city and will run a vigorous campaign.
Thanks so much for your support and your vote.Calvin Mercer
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