Hugo, Hugo, Hugo…. The Freeholder editor took on the question of whether to replace an elected official or hold a bye election. He cited the Brock Frost drama, but omitted to mention the Conflict of Interest lawsuit pending Mayor O’Shaughnessy, and Councilors Hebert and MacDonald.
The irony is that some or all of those three may end up off of council before the embattled Mr. Frost.
Running for public office is something that nobody should take lightly. Part of the problem in our city is getting better candidates to run. Many cite the poor pay, the poor treatment, and utter frustration in serving. Many run for an agenda of some sort.
Usually the best candidates don’t finish in the money because in many cases it’s a popularity contest. Claude McIntosh parlayed his years of being in the public eye, even though he was dumped by the Freeholder, into a council chair. His poison pen perhaps was shooting blanks one time too many? Yet the awareness of his name got him into office with a weak offering of candidates.
Mike O’Neill ran a great campaign other than not advertising. There’s a clear correlation to who spent the most (Bernie & Bob) vs results as he finished near the bottom.
So when Mr. Rodrigues spouts of such gibberish as he did in his Editorial such as this:
Moving to the next-best candidate from the 2014 election only rewards those who weren’t able to get enough votes to make it onto council in the first place. Choosing some other person makes it a popularity contest among those sitting around the council table now.
Having a by election is rarely a good solution. Cost aside it’s a slap to the face of those that not only put their names on the ballot, but invested in their campaigns and by dint their community. It sends a message that somehow those that ran are not worthy. It also discourages people from running.
Cornwall does not have a history of by elections. It generally has filled spots with the person that finished next in the ballot from the previous election. That’s something that is the norm and best practice.
The problem right now is that there are some who may have to fill roles that are not terribly popular with those elected currently.
And that’s going to be a huge issue in this city as things evolve.
Yes, people like David Murphy and Claude McIntosh can continue to ride the petty trail, but that in of itself essentially proves that they put their personal agendas ahead of what’s best for Cornwall. That in itself impeaches their judgement and ultimately shows why they themselves should not be on council.
If you don’t respect Democracy and the process then what do you have, and what are you yourself?
And that ultimately will be what the voters of our city and those that watch from outside will see shortly.
That will be the message that we share with the world.
A by election has a role and purpose. That purpose is not to block the seat of a legitimate candidate that put their necks out and ran for office. All had their chance to run during elections. Only those that put it on the line should have consideration unless there truly is a reason that goes to the best interest of the people of Cornwall.
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