Monday, July 16, 2007
it WILL be a new Council!
Those who have pissed and moaned about the City Council will be delighted to know that the number of current Councilors leaving has increased.
Jack Sammons (SD9-3) has joined the list of departing councilors, joining EC Jones (1-retirement), Brent Taylor (2-retirement), Dedrick Brittenum (4-retirement) Carol Chumney (5-running for Mayor) Ed Ford (6-indictment), Rickey Peete (SD8-1-indictment). Add to that the possibility that Councilor Tom Marshall (SD9-2) is considering either a run for Mayor or retirement himself, and you have the potential for 8 new members of the 13-member board.
Given that recent appointees Madeleine Taylor (3) and Henry Hooper (SD8-1) are considering whether to run for a full term, there could be a whole bunch of rookies on the next City Council.
That possibility provides the opportunity for a fresh start not only for the Council, but for whoever happens to be elected Mayor. It also means extra work for the potential returnees; Barbara Swearengen Holt Ware Who-Knows-What-Next (7), Joe Brown (SD8-2), Myron Lowery (SD8-3) and Scott McCormack (SD9-1).
With Bill Morrison announcing on Friday night that he is withdrawing from the race to fill Sammons' vacated SD9-3 seat to make a run in District 1, that leaves SD9-3 open for some bright, hopefully progressive candidate who might just be able to raise money and say no to developers.
UPDATE: our mystery guest has called me and asked me to let you know that Desi Franklin is a candidate for SD9-3, and I want to let you know that I am supporting her candidacy, so you will be advised as things progress and how to help her win!
All right, that's all for now, come to the Edwards event tonight!