Fayetteville Mayor Names Those In New Advisory Group For Civil Rights Ordinance

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan has named those that will be in the new 19-person advisory group to oversee the city's transition into a new civil rights ordinance that passed on Aug. 20.

The ordinance states it will ban business establishments from discriminating against people based on real or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status.

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Jordan on Aug. 28 asking that he create a 10-person advisory group to receive input while the city works to establish its new civil rights ordinance. The mayor followed the general advice, but created a 19-member panel instead.

The advisory group's members are:

  • Bill Bradley
  • Tony Uth
  • Laura Hampton
  • Anne Mourney
  • Sue Madison
  • Jim Huffman
  • Lowell Grisham
  • Curtis Smith
  • Mark Martin
  • Kim Coats
  • James Rector
  • Anne Shelley
  • Kate Bartow
  • Danielle Wood
  • Maria Baez de Hicks
  • Lioneld Jordan
  • Lindsley Smith
  • Leif Olson
  • Kit Williams

Originally, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce requested the 10-person panel to be made up of two members of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community, two members of the retail business community, two members of the real estate business community, two members of the faith community and two lawyers who are engaged in civil rights practices.

The advisory group will officially meet for the first time on Thursday (Sept. 4) in city hall room 326 at 6 p.m.