Former city Councilwoman Belinda Gergel favors strong mayor

November 29, 2013 

BELINDA GERGEL

— Former city councilwoman Belinda Gergel issued a statement in favor of the strong-mayor referendum on Dec. 3.

She said the decision-making process under the current form of government has been “shrouded in confusion and finger-pointing.”

“While I have great respect for the individuals who have stepped forward to serve on Council in the past and the fine folks who work on our City staff, I can tell you from my personal experience that the present form of government, however well it may work in other cities, fundamentally blurs the lines of accountability at Columbia's City Hall,” Gergel wrote in a statement.

She urged voters to vote yes, in favor of a strong-mayor form of government on Tuesday.

Cassie Cope

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