1) Kay has the experience and knowledge.
2) She has a great record of constituent service and community involvement.
3) 100% focus on City Council (won’t be distracted by re-election campaign).
4) It’s the right thing to do (an online petition says so).
5) Righting a wrong.
1) Right now Raleigh is experiencing a budget crisis due to the coronavirus epidemic. The City could really use Kay’s knowledge and experience. As a councilor for 5 years, Kay worked on many City of Raleigh budgets. In fact, under her leadership in 2019, the City Council ushered in its first billion-dollar budget; and did so with no tax increase.
2) We District D residents were used to seeing Councilor Crowder at our neighborhood meetings, our CAC meetings, and other events. If our neighborhoods were experiencing a problem or had an issue to be addressed, we could email or call Kay and she would get involved and make things happen. That level of constituent service has been missed in 2020.
3) Kay has promised not to seek re-election after she is appointed to fill the District D seat. That means she can devote her full attention to the issues facing Raleigh, her duties on City Council, and serving Raleigh residents. She will have no need to be fundraising and running a campaign. Most likely, anybody else appointed to the District D seat will seek re-election, and spend a great deal of time in that effort. Kay will have our full attention.
4) Kay Crowder was elected twice before to represent District D. She finished second in the 2019 election, and could have called for a runoff, but didn’t (sparing Raleigh the time and expense). There is an online petition that was started by District D residents, which has over 1,300 signatures as of Saturday morning. Kay has the support of more District D residents than any other candidate. Appointing her is the right thing to do.
5) In 2019, Councilor Crowder ran an honest campaign based on real issues and her record of civic involvement, Saige Martin did not. He lied about his voting record, and he lied about Kay Crowder. His campaign did push-polls* that perpetuated a series of lies and half-truths. These lies angered the LGBTQ community as well as the residents of District D who (like Kay) support the LGBTQ community. The Friday before the election, when it was too late for Crowder to respond, Martin dropped a mailer full of cruel and untrue allegations against Councilor Crowder. The postcard’s fear-mongering was a standard Jesse Helms technique, just done in reverse. Jesse routinely stirred up anger against gay people to win elections; Saige stirred up anger within the gay community to win an election. While Saige was working the LGBTQ community for political purposes, he is now accused of working them for his own sexual predator purposes. These deceptions have caused a lot of hurt and sense of betrayal. Let’s start the healing process by righting this wrong, we need Kay Crowder as our District D representative. We know her and trust her.
There is no better choice for Raleigh’s District D than Kay Crowder. The next 17-months of City Council business is going to be intense with difficult decisions to be made, Kay has the experience and knowledge to handle it. Kay has earned the trust of voters over the years and has proven herself as an advocate of our concerns. She will commit herself 100% to the public service of her constituents in District D, and for no other purpose than doing the right thing.
City Council please listen to the residents of District D,
District D resident
* Push polls are a form of telemarketing-based propaganda and rumor mongering, masquerading as an opinion poll.