Jordan, Coody engage in first debate

Posted: September 26, 2012 at 9:51 p.m.

Fayetteville mayoral candidates Lioneld Jordan, left, and Dan Coody participate Wednesday in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Washington County at the city administration building.

More than 50 people filled the City Council chambers Wednesday to watch the first debate of the 2012 election season between Dan Coody and Lioneld Jordan.

At A Glance

Mayoral Debates

Other mayoral debates are scheduled Sept. 27 and Oct. 17.

Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27

Where: Room 219, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

Moderator: Fiona Davidson, associate professor of geosciences, University of Arkansas

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

When: 6 to 7 p.m., Oct. 17

Where: Chamber offices, 123 W. Mountain St.

Moderator: To Be Determined

Source: City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

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Fayetteville messed up when we elected Jordan. Dan Coody was a fantastic mayor with vision and the intelligence to make Fayetteville a national leader in sustainability.

I didn't vote for Dan last time around, but I definitely will this time. I miss having a mayor who is progressive and pro-active. We are fortunate that he decided to run again.

Posted by: doug10181011

September 27, 2012 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dan Coody was fired as mayor of Fayetteville in 2008 for a reason: he believes that the income generated in Fayetteville is as disposable as his own. Examples: 1) while the majority of residents in Fayetteville were just "scraping by" financially, he goes out and spends taxpayers dollars to hire numerous consulting groups (most of them were not even locally owned) to tell him how to do the job he was hired to do. More money gone 2) while I'm sure most of us appreciate trails and bike paths, the #1 issue about this city, like every other city, is the money, and how we as a city decide to spend it. While he was in office he constantly, and still does, brag about the "trail program", as if he personally laid every inch of pavement. What he fails to realize is that most of us are more concerned about the size of debt he left behind with little to show for it.

When it comes down to it, he can't be trusted to manage the cities finances and that is why I am not voting Dan Coody back into office.

Posted by: jon42ar

September 27, 2012 at 12:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

that big hole that sat in downtown fayetteville for a year is about all you need recall about Coody. The hotel his scamming buddies claimed would grace the spot was never built. However, it took the State Supreme Court to throw out their little tax scheme that would have enriched Coody and buddies to the detriment of Fayetteville Schools.
Coody is a loser.

Posted by: cdawg

September 27, 2012 at 2:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Mayor cannot go into debt. The Council votes for/against contracts and bids. Look at the Council for the debt....Jordan was on Council then!

Posted by: Commentor

September 27, 2012 at 5:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wow, these are some pretty scurrilous claims. You are claiming that Dan Coody stood to profit from the Mountain Inn deal? I'm sure it wouldn't take much to find out who you are and slap you with a lawsuit.

Posted by: doug10181011

September 27, 2012 at 9:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The bottom line is that Dan left office with a budget surplus. And Fayetteville would not have a trails program without Dan Coody. Period. Fayetteville seems to have ground to a halt in the past four years. No more innovation. No more being a national leader in any category. More crime, etc. And has Jordan managed to bring a single company to the city with jobs? I'm sure we would have seen a big press conference if he did, so my guess is no.

Posted by: doug10181011

September 27, 2012 at 9:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Seems to me the only significant question that Fayetteville voters need to objectively answer for themselves is where is the city today verses the way it was four years back when Coody left office and Jordan was on the council? Just where does all the growth and economic advancement in NWA clearly seem to be headed? Fayetteville has never needed genuine leadership more than it does today -in one person's view anyway.

Posted by: Rueb10

September 28, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

>> I'm sure it wouldn't take much to find out who you are and slap you with a lawsuit.<

Sure wouldn't. But for you and your side to win would require some close examination of the books and where the Coody TIF money went. I don't think your suggested lawsuit will ever happen.


Posted by: cdawg

September 28, 2012 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Not a fan of Jordan, but we don't need anymore Coody. Lousy choices.

Posted by: RandyC

September 28, 2012 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I wouldn't put a lot of weight on this metric, but I think as anyone can see, Dan has better hair.

Posted by: fayfreethinker

September 28, 2012 at 6:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Speaking about under the table schemes what about Mayor Jordan coming up with the sudden paid parking scheme for the WAC that gave none of the businesses on Dickson street a decent amount of time to prepare for that shock and then leting the WAC do whatever they want to do on Dickson street while other businesses struggle and close .
Lets not forget his main open meeting that Mayor Jordan set for paid parking and the parking garage fiasco went on the same night as St.Patrick's day which is a very busy day and night for businesses on Dickson street which makes it impossible for most Dickson Street business owners,managers and employees to attend that meeting. Which also made it easy for Mayor Jordan to manipulate the open meeting into his own criteria .

Posted by: WSJ

October 12, 2012 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )