Wake County’s transit referendum: The case for a “yes” vote
This year’s general election ballot in North Carolina is a crowded one. Across the state, voters will be asked to make dozens of decisions on a dizzying variety of candidates and, in many places, special ballot referenda. One of the most important of these referenda will be on the ballot in Wake County, where voters will be asked to decide on a proposal, years in the making, to add a half-cent to the sales tax to fund transit.
Unfortunately, as is too often the case with such matters, the transit referendum has received limited media attention in the weeks leading up to the election and is buried at the bottom of the back page of the ballot. This has many supporters of the initiative concerned. Having spent years developing and fine tuning the proposal and, among other things, addressing the initial concerns of anti-poverty and affordable housing advocates, they want to tell the story of the referendum, explain its critical importance to the future of North Carolina’s capital county and mobilize progressives to spread the word.
Please join us as we hear from three leading experts on the referendum:
Sig Hutchinson is the Vice Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, a businessman, a veteran communications professional and a longtime champion of progressive public policy solutions. He has helped transform his community by spearheading six successful bond referenda in Raleigh and Wake County.
Karen Rindge is the executive Director of with WakeUP Wake County, which she helped found in 2006. Prior to arriving in Raleigh, she spent 10 years in Washington DC working in non-profit advocacy and grassroots organizing and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill.
Bill Rowe is General Counsel and Deputy Director of Advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center, where he has worked for the last 25 years as a lawyer, lobbyist and one of the state’s most knowledgeable anti-poverty advocates. Among many other issues, Bill is an expert on the subject of affordable housing – a field in which he has long championed to needs and rights of the poorest and most vulnerable North Carolinians.
Don’t miss this very special event!
When: Tuesday October 18, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)
Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.
Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or [email protected]