I would like to say a few words about Kim Dowdy. I've known her for several years. I served on the United Way Board of Directors with her. She has been in Greenville for several years now and knows what Greenville needs. She has worked with KDH and with the chamber, so she should be familiar with the "going ons" of Greenville. If people will put 'color' aside and vote for the person they think will really get out and work for bettering the community, I think Kim Dowdy would fit the bill. Just get out and vote!
I also support Kim Dowdy because she has shown more true support for Greenville than Hudson has ever exhibited outside of the political gains. Dowdy cares. And she deserves a chance to prove herself as an elected civic leader.
I have worked with Kim Dowdy in various situations for over a decade. She has a passion for Greenville which conveys into all her works. Mrs. Dowdy has given countless hours to our community and has pride in being a Greenvillian like no other. I have spoken to her many times concerning her mayoral run and she truly feels she can affect change. Politically savvy - she is not. Committed in her quest and love for her adopted home -ABSOLUTELY!
Granted she is not a born and bred Southerner but has been a faithful ,dedicated resident of Greenville for well over fifteen years. It’s not about her birth certificate but what’s in her heart and soul. Her love of Greenville and her commitment to better it can’t be disputed. Look where our city is now and where it is headed with the current administration. Do you want to stay the course?
There seems to be a great deal of support for Mrs. Dowdy throughout our community. As for political "savvy", I would prefer a good dose of common sense, which she certainly projects. As for her chances of winning an election in which race will play a greater role than qualifications, it will be difficult.
Mayor Hudson holds the distinction of being the first black, female and the youngest mayor ever elected in Greenville, and for that she will hold a place in history; albeit a "footnote". I feel that she has missed an incredible opportunity to expose the "race card" as a "joker". Instead, she has played the role that was most politically expedient to those who put her in office.
Personally, I voted for Mayor Hudson in the first election. I was impressed with the fact the she was formally educated as an attorney and one whom should at least understand the law and the concepts of "fair and equitable" treatment, unlike many who preceded her in office.
Regardless of who is elected in December, Greenville will still face the same obstacles of racism, apathy and indifference from citizens who seem to have simply "given up" on Greenville. What we need is a modern day FDR, who offers a new deal and a renewed hope for our community. Race, gender and age should be irrelevant. We are all in the same boat... and it is most definitely sinking.
Change will happen when we demand it. Get out and vote.