What’s the Best Way to Elect a City Council?

Let’s suppose, just for the sake of discussion without passing judgment on any of my local elected officials in Franklin, that we had the following scenarios (And if you don’t live in Franklin please insert your own folks).

OK, ready.

We’re talking elections for the Franklin Common Council. That would be for the position of alderman.

Unless you’re Kristen Wilhelm. Then all bets are off as to what to call her.

Who the hell knows?

Alderman.

Alderwoman.

Alderperson.

Councilwoman.

Councilperson.

Council representative.

Hey you, Kristen.

OMG, things were so much simpler in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and into the current century when everyone was an alderman.

Back to the point of the blog.

Let’s suppose that, for example, Steve Taylor, in order to retain his aldermanic seat when he was up for re-election he would have to run…citywide. In other words, the entire city could vote on whether Taylor should serve on the Council for his district.

Ditto for Wilhelm or anyone else on the council.

Goofy, you say?

How dumb!

Absurd!

I don’t necessarily support the idea. But it is intriguing.

My guess is such an election system would horrify and send chills through the current aldermen, women, etc.

The whole idea is thought-provoking and compelling.

Read more about it here.

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