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Chamber to host debate on terms

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce on June 24 will give the public a chance to learn more about a proposal by the Davidson Board of Commissioners to change its members' terms and that of the mayor from two to four years.

The chamber's monthly Focus Friday will examine the topic 8-9:30 a.m. at the Brick House Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson.

Dawn Blobaum, Davidson assistant town manager, will discuss how the proposal would work and offer statistics the town has on other municipalities that use the four-year option.

Speaking against the proposal will be Sandy Carnegie, a lawyer with the McIntosh Law Firm. Carnegie was a longtime Davidson commissioner and has served on various town committees.

The chamber is a nonpartisan organization that hasn't taken a position on the issue, said Hilary Broadway, chairman of the chamber's business education and advocacy division. The chamber has about 1,100 members in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and elsewhere in the greater Lake Norman region.

"The Focus Friday will provide an opportunity for our business members, and the public at large, to examine the merits of the issue in an unbiased and fair presentation," Broadway said in a statement.

Sponsored by DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net, it's designed to show multiple views on a regional issue, Broadway said, and public participation is encouraged.

Under a proposal that's been studied for months by the Davidson Board of Commissioners, those elected to the board would serve staggered four-year terms. The highest two vote-getters in the first election after adoption would serve four years. The three next-highest vote-getters would get two-year terms.

In alternating election years after that, three commissioners would win four-year terms in one election, and two would get four-year terms in the next.

Mayors and governing board members in Charlotte and all other Mecklenburg towns serve two-year terms.

Davidson commissioners have said they may vote at their meeting Tuesday on whether to call a referendum on the issues during the November general election.

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