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Sunday June 4th

Kleinschmidt has experience necessary for mayor’s job


I wholeheartedly throw my support behind Mark Kleinschmidt.

As to why I am supporting Mark, I can cite his experience as a town councilman. Serving since 2001, he has the most experience in town government of any of the candidates running. I can cite his leadership as chairman of the council communications committee and chairman of the economic development committee.

He served as president of the NC American Civil Liberties Union, therefore defending that right to free speech students on both sides of the political spectrum discuss so passionately.

I can talk about his progressive stance and involvement on social justice and environmental issues, which is why he won the endorsement of the Sierra Club. And I can talk about him being a UNC alum, connecting him forever to the University and the students here.

All of those are great reasons to vote Mark Kleinschmidt for mayor, but what truly won me over was his performance at the mayoral debate on campus. Rather than talking down to students, sidestepping questions or using exploitative political tactics, Mark talked about solutions.

He shares a genuine concern for this town and the people living in it and I am proud to say that my first vote will be for him.

Zaina Alsous
Political Science

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