My observations of political figures suggest most do not meet our expectations. A Rasmussen survey of likely voters found 69 percent felt Congress was doing a poor job, and other indications of citizen anger exist.
Thus, it was with pleasure I read in The Daily Advance that Elizabeth City Mayor Peel, the very opposite of the common image of politicians, will run for re-election. Many indications of his superb executive/management performance can be seen, as evidenced by his work with Bishop Ernest Sutton to address the economic and business issues facing the city now and in the future. He is responsible for Vision 2020 initiative that addresses the issues of jobs, economic development and social diversity.
Having served on the Community Relations Commission I am aware of the need to address these matters, and Mayor Peel’s Vision 2020 initiative does it well. Moreover, he led the search that resulted in the hiring of our excellent police chief Eddie Buffaloe, and has addressed many other aspects of the crime problem we face. He has boldly saved the city money, shown he can compromise in the interest of accomplishments, and has reached out to the citizens for input into decision-making.
A brief review of his background shows his perfect preparation for the job of mayor. He holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has worked in multiple executive posts, including as superintendent of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. He also has a proven track record of securing grant funds, and has multiple public service achievements.