With what looked to be about 200 people crammed into the small Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, all six mayoral candidates did their best to try and impress a room full of folks who probably already picked a candidate weeks ago.
At least that’s how it seemed from where we were sitting.
From the applause Lioneld Jordan immediately received upon opening his mouth to the grumbles and sighs that seemed to follow many of Mayor Coody’s words, tonight’s mayoral debate seemed more like a formality than anything else.
That’s not to say it was a total waste of time, though. In fact, at one point, Adam Fire Cat had the entire panel of potential mayors giggling. When asked if he thought it was right for a mayor to run for a third term after a $60 million cost overrun occurred on his watch, Fire Cat said, “No. But then again I wouldn’t run for more than one term anyway because after I became a politician, I wouldn’t even trust myself.”
It was Sami Sutton who stole the show, though, with by far and away the quote of the night. After expressing a negative opinion towards Fayetteville’s current sign ordinances, she had this to say, “Sure, small signs are pretty and all, but we’re losing money here. I mean, if you want to go to Cracker Barrel, you have to go to Springdale.”
If you weren’t there and want to put some faces to these names we’ve been throwing around for the last couple of months, we’d suggest tuning into the government channel sometime in the next few days. Otherwise, if you were to turn to the local news, you might be a little confused. Case in point: Check out the video below which clearly shows that someone at KHOG has no idea who is who.
Of course, keeping track of six candidates ain’t no easy task, y’all.