I had the chance last night to meet Pat Smathers at a small gathering in Carrboro. I found him to be smart, personable, experienced and creative. That's a pretty strong combination in my book.
Pat, who is the mayor of Canton, talked about two main themes of his candidacy. First, he's a strong proponent of local government - of empowering local boards, councils and commissions to take on more responsibility and more authority for their own jurisdictions. He's written about that here, and I found myself persuaded that he's on the right track. It'll take changing some hearts and minds in Raleigh, but I'm convinced we can do that.