Why? Today is May, 17th 2017 the primary election is August 8th, 2017 think about that. If someone who is running for City Council is appointed to the vacated seat of councilman Berry that in my opinion would give them an unfair advantage. How you ask is that an advantage? Just think back to
(Tested and Rejected Ned Apigian)
He was appointed and then ran for the seat granted further out than this but what do you think he put on his campaign literature? ” Retain Councilman Apigian.” How’d that work out for us? Yep; someone who is running for a seat on the council if appointed would then get the title Councilman or Councilwoman. and use that in campaign literature and on social media. This would happen less than three months away from the primary election. While Councilman Berry stated in his letter ‘effective immediately’ does the Council have to accept that? They can vote to make it effective 12-31-2017 and if the Councilman can’t attend the meetings so be it. The Council ‘shall appoint’ according to the City charter it doesn’t state when and it doesn’t state there can’t be exclusions. Maybe something like ‘Anyone now on the ballot for the City Council election will not be considered for the council appointment.’
Shouldn’t the voters be considered? why can’t we decide? Shouldn’t there be a sense of fairness during this process? I for one would not take kindly to anyone who is on the ballot now going for this appointment. No. As a matter of fact, I would be inclined to do just the opposite and make sure I evened the scales. Might I suggest you appoint someone who isn’t on the ballot someone who can fill the seat until December 31st, 2017 and thank them for their service? I would ask that those of you who are on the ballot please don’t put your name in for consideration. If any of you are already lobbying for this position please stop and go through the election process and let the voters decide. Yes, you will still have to go through an election, but if appointed you will have an unfair advantage and I just think it wouldn’t be the right thing to do. This is up to each of you to decide for yourselves and for the council to decide how to go forward. I’m after all just one person with an opinion. Many of you might not like it I understand. I hope all of you those running for City Council, and those who are on council will give what I’ve said some real consideration.