Alamance County Commission

Alamance County officials back-pedaling and ass-covering

When you toss responsibility into the wind, it often blows back in your face:

The chair of the Alamance County commissioners and the County Attorney took time this week to explain their roles in the controversy over the opening of Ace Speedway. “I did not say, ‘Go ahead Mr. Turner,‘” County Attorney Clyde Albright said at the commissioners’ regular meeting. “I wanted to work with them to figure out a way to avoid violating the governor’s order.”

Commissioners Chair Amy Galey and Albright said they were caught between a lack of clarity on the governor’s order and the track owners’ determination to open regardless of the potential legal problems. Commissioner Tim Sutton harshly criticized Galey for making decisions without consulting the board, and Albright for relying on court rulings upholding the right to hold church services to say Ace had the right to have more than 25 people in the crowd.

Actually Clyde, what you said was, “He cannot constitutionally limit the number of people who can peaceably assemble under the First Amendment.” The County should fire him immediately for that, but since everybody involved seems to be getting their own lawyers, they might have trouble replacing him:

Introducing Kristen Powers for Alamance County Commissioner

"After Charlottesville, some of the Alamance County commissioners made comments so hurtful to people of color that my black friends refused to come back to that building. It may have been the comment that somebody’s family slaves were considered workers or perhaps the part where a commissioner was willing to spend money rebuilding a torn down statue instead of allocating funds to repair deteriorated rooftops on schools. In North Carolina, the county commissioner is powerful. Unfortunately, in Alamance County, there are only a few who are using that power for good. When I saw that one of them was essentially running unopposed, I decided that I had to step in."

Editor's note: Kristen is a friend, but she's also *exactly* what is needed on our County Commission these days. She's not only intelligent, but she puts that intelligence to work for the good of all people, especially those who need it the most, in her work for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Here's more about her decision to run:

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