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District vs. at-large voting

Posted: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Jonathan Kraut’s thoughtful column of Nov. 5 (“District vs. at-large voting”) brings up an issue of how we elect our City Council. We really should consider it.

As chairman of the city incorporation committee in 1987, I supported at-large elections.

Now I am inclined to support election by district — simply because the at-large campaigns are too expensive, giving the special interests an unfair edge.

However, to counterbalance members elected by districts, we would need a directly-elected the mayor, who would be selected by a majority of those voting — even if it meant a runoff was necessary.

A second election might be avoided if voters used a ranking system in the first.

Most do not realize the benefit of having a directly elected mayor lies not only in continuity and oversight, but also in the recognition this person would have at the county, state and national level.

It would be a full time job.



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