FAR WESTERN NC –SYLVA HOLDS PLEDGE TO AMEND PRESS CONFERENCE

October 17, 2014

Move to Amend Far-Western NC held a press conference in front of the Jackson County Courthouse to announce the results of the candidates survey they sent in September, via certified mail, to all those running for political office in Jackson County, including County Commission seats, State Legislative seats  and the 11th Congressional District seat.

Responses yielded four signed pledges and positive questionnaires: from Tom Hill, Jane Hipps, Joe Sam Queen, and Brian McMahan. Two additional Jackson Commissioner candidates stated after the event that they would send [tardy] positive responses. The candidates who responded stated how they would support the passage of a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution. The Move to Amend resolution ends corporate personhood and outlaws the redefined (by Citizens United) first amendment notion that money is ‘speech’

One candidate, Brian McMahan, attended and spoke at the press conference. McMahan (the candidate who if elected, would Chair the Jackson County Commission) was interviewed by a reporter from WRGC radio. McMahan's support is particularly significant since the Jackson County Commission failed by one vote to pass an MTA resolution last year. If he wins the election, McMahan pledges to bring the MTA Resolution before the Jackson Commission (within the first 100 days) where it will almost certainly be passed. MTA is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse political candidates. But, MTA does inform voters about candidate positions.

Candidate, Brian McMahan, attended and spoke at the press conference. McMahan is the candidate who if elected would Chair the Jackson County Commission. He was interviewed by WRGC radio. McMahan's support is particularly significant since the Jackson County Commission failed by one vote to pass a MTA resolution last year. If he wins the election, McMahan pledges to bring the MTA Resolution before the Jackson Commission where it will almost certainly be passed. MTA is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse political candidates. But, MTA does inform voters about candidate positions. Watch this 12-minute report by the Canary Coalition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj6HWIvDloo

Update!!!:  On Nov. 4th, McMahan and a running mate were elected! Jackson County will be the first Far-Western County level government body in NC to pass the MTA Resolution.

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