Sunday, May 7, 2017

“Gee Wiz. I’m just so tired of elections all the time.”

Be patient citizens of the little City of Lake Worth. Change is coming.

If you didn’t know there was a referendum last March to increase the terms of our electeds from two to three years. The referendum did pass, and quite easily, this is what will happen as a result:
  • There will be another election of candidates on March 13th, 2018 for mayor and commissioners in Districts 1 and 3.
  • Another election of candidates will be held on March 12th, 2019, for Districts 2 and 4.
  • There will be no election of candidates in the City of Lake Worth in 2020. Going forward there will be a year of rest and reflection between each City election.
City Manager Michael Bornstein’s reasoning for 3-year terms was solid. My thoughts prior to the vote was supported the idea in theory and didn’t think it would pass. I think a lot of people made up their minds in the voting booth when they saw the ballot item, paused for a moment, and then voted “Yes”.

Frankly, my hesitancy was the prospect of another Anarchist like Cara Jennings getting elected, having 3 years on the Commission, a frightening thought. True, the Anarchist Ryan Hartman lost in a landslide in 2016 but until that group is thoroughly discredited they are still a threat, but much less so now.

Also, curiously, the issue of the pay raises for elected officials was shaping up to be a campaign issue, but never did become one. Interesting.