Evansville councilwoman Connie Robinson discusses leaving heated meeting last month


Weeks after a heated meeting, city council members were back in their seats. 

This was the first meeting since council member Connie Robinson walked out after a heated discussion during a meeting last month and in stark contrast it appears cooler heads prevailed.

“Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty I’m free at last I’m an independent,” said Robinson. 

Robinson walked out of a city council meeting after members voted to strike down a motion to name Reverend William Payne to the commission on the Social Status of African American Males. 

Days later, Robinson severed her affiliation with the Vanderburgh Democratic Party stating the local party had become one of ‘regression and racist sentiments.’ 

“I walked out with intentions of coming back. I walked out because I was upset last week the way things turned out,” she said. “I will be here til the end of the year and do what I was elected to do. Serve the people that I represent and do what’s best for the city of Evansville.” 

Earlier this year she announced she wouldn’t be seeking re-election, but plans to finish her term after 24 years.

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(This story was originally published on June 10, 2019)

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