If you didn’t know there was a referendum last March (see below) to increase the terms of our electeds from two to three years. A few immediately came out in opposition to the idea, but most like myself had no firm position on the issue. More about that later. However, 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.
COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR ELECTED FOR THREE YEAR TERMS
The present Charter provides that commissioners and the mayor are elected for two year terms. The Commission has proposed that commencing with the March 2018 election the commissioners and mayor shall be elected for three year terms.
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes [ ] No [ ]
My thoughts were this: 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.
City Manager Michael Bornstein’s reasoning for 3-year terms was solid. And so was his position on raising of the salary and benefits for mayor and commissioners. 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.