County Commissioners: Rep. LaRoque's Bill Unnecessary

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Greene county commissioners say their elected state representative overstepped his bounds when he proposed district lines.

Commissioners say they did not formally ask Representative Stephen LaRoque to introduce a bill in the general assembly, requiring district lines to be drawn. Currently, there are no district lines with five commissioners serving in at-large seats.

LaRoque's bill would not only require district lines, but for the commissioners to live in the ones they represent. It's a decision Greene County Chairman Jerry Jones spoke about in a prepared statement.

"It didn't provide any provisions for the matter to be decided by the voters and citizens of Greene county. LaRoque's bill ordered the county to be divided into districts and thanks to our Senator Louis Pate, he prevailed to stand with the people," said Greene County Commissioners Chairman Jerry Jones.

Voters will be able to vote on the referendum in the 2012 election.

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  • by GC Resident Location: Greene County on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    Get over it and let the people decide. Greene County politics has been corrupt for generations. Maybe this will break it up.
  • by GC Resident Too on Jun 21, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    The issue of districts or not for Greene County Commissioners is a separate debate from how LaRoque handled this saga. In lieu of introducing legislation that asked for a referendum for the voters of Greene County to decide he introduced a bill that forced districts without the simple courtesy of even approaching the County Commissioners in a formal meeting or communication. Perhaps commissioners would have supported putting this on the ballot from the beginning if they had been duly asked. If the group opposing is small then where is the group for it? They are not at county commissioner meetings asking for this. Thankfully better minds prevailed, amendments were introduced, and the voters of Greene County will decide about districts on the 2012 ballot. Then if the people choose districts they will be; if not the will of the majority of the people will be known and either way that is democracy.
  • by GC Resident on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Laroque's proposal is not a bad idea. This way there would be commissioners from all over Greene County, instead of all of our commissioners living in the same area, which is a lot like we have now. All of the towns in Greene County would have representation instead of a commissioner from Snow Hill representing citizens that live in Walstonburg, Hookerton, Maury, etc. Laroque is only trying to help the citizens of Greene County. The ones fighting this are the small group that do not want to see change in Greene County and the current county commissioners.
  • by Joker Location: GC on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    LaJOKE! That's what he should be called. So arrogant not to even ask the elected officials if they wanted this. Don't we have MORE important issues in NC to worry about than whether a county is divided or not? GC is already small, dividing will cause more "division". GET IT LAJOKE? If not, maybe next election you will.
  • by lol on Jun 20, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    Laroque is a puppet of Art Pope. Ask him about apologizing like a whipped dog to Pope after he lost the GOP primary to Wille Ray Starling a few years ago. Pope wouldn't back Laroque because in his previous time in the legislature he would stand up to the GOP establishment. He (Laroque) even went on local TV bashing Pope calling him "Uncle Art" and other insulting terms which he is known for. Now he is in Pope's back pocket.
  • by MDS on Jun 20, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    Most of the expansion of government that laroque suggests is unnecessary. He calls himself a Republican buts acts like a liberal. He'll never get this conservatives vote again.

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