November 06, 2006

Direct Election of Mayor

I have nothing against a good plan to directly elect the Mayor here but, THIS PLAN IS NOT A GOOD ONE. We have a hard enough time attracting great candidates to run for council. The first thing that will happen under this plan is that the best, most qualified candidates will run against each other for the one position of Mayor. Only one will win, the others will no longer serve. We will no longer elect the 2 best candidates (according to the voters) but the best, and maybe the 3rd or 4th. A good plan could avoid this and would also have minimum service requirements so we don't elect someone with zero experience in City government. This plan is about ego and steering agendas, not about picking our Mayor in a smart manner.


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