Can faraway lawmakers represent Johnston?
Thank you for your candid coverage of the Johnston County school budget. It clearly contradicts what state legislative leaders have been saying – that the General Assembly actually increased funding for public schools. With the cuts clearly spelled out, 84 fewer teachers, fewer teaching assistants, significant cuts in funding for supplies and textbooks and fewer support personnel, somebody is fibbing.
If you are happy with these cuts, write or call your state representative or state senator and tell them. If you’re not happy, call them and say so.
Wait, that might be a problem.
Johnston County is divided into three House districts and three Senate Districts, but only two of our lawmakers actually live in the county. They are Rep. Leo Daughtry of Smithfield (District 26) and Rep. James Langdon of McGee’s Crossroads (District 28). Our other House member is Rep. William Brisson of Dublin (District 22), which is 85 miles south.
No state senator representing Johnston County lives here. They are Brent Jackson of Autryville (District 10), Buck Newton of Wilson (District 11) and Ronald Rabin of Spring Lake (District 12).
If you suspect these faraway representatives and senators don’t give a hoot about us or our schools, except when it comes time to vote for them again, you might be right.
They will be coming next year.