What’s Behind ANC Commish Recall? Walmart!
It looks like ANC 4B04 Commissioner Doug Smith will soon be out of his unpaid job.
Smith is down 75-59 after a recall vote yesterday. There are still outstanding special and absentee ballots to be counted to make it official, but Smith says he's almost certainly a goner.
So why did a lowly ANC commissioner get the boot?
The Brightwoodian reports that John Beverly, the president of Concerned Citizens of Brightwood East, spearheaded the recall effort because of Smith's "lack of communication with residents" and "lack of involvement" in community affairs.
But Smith says those are "just totally untrue statements" and that he's never missed an ANC meeting. He was elected as ANC treasurer twice, and he chaired a special committee on Walmart issues. He says it's that last issue, the massive big box store that plans to open up a shop on Georgia Avenue, that likely cost him the gig.
Smith says it's his feeling that a number of people voted to boot him from office because he's not dead set against the store coming to the community.
"A lot of people wanted me to be anti-Walmart, I just wasn't," Smith says. "I wasn't angry enough at Walmart."
Maybe he is now!
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