Election changes riles citizen
I was appalled when I read an article in the Sept. 4, 2012 edition of The Compass headlined “Retooling the vote.”
It has been decided and voted on by our council to “retool” the vote in Clarke’s Beach, which simply means we lose our right to elect our mayor as we have done in the past. Instead, once the elections are over, the council elected will decide the mayor of their choice, and not necessarily the person with the greatest number of votes.
We have been able to choose our mayor for a number of year. Why suddenly is this changing? And what is the purpose for doing so?
Councils are elected to work for the taxpayers of this or any other community and it is so disappointing to buy the local paper and read about the bickering that goes on in our council.
We have a dysfunctional reputation now and this latest change is just another to add to our list. In my opinion, instead of displaying this type of behaviour, council should concentrate on doing what it was elected to do.
Yes, council has the right to voice an opinion, just as I am doing now. It is a democratic society in which we live. The residents of Clarke’s Beach deserve more from the elected council and we hope its decisions on this matter and all others are made for the right reasons.
I feel our present mayor is quite capable of making very good decisions that will lead our community in the right direction, and she was chosen by the people.
Your leadership can only go as far as your council will permit. With the negativity that’s been printed in our local paper it really tells us our present council is not capable of doing what they were elected to do. In my opinion, we should be moving forward for the good of our community, but with a dysfunctional council bickering and name-calling among themselves at the meetings, little time is left to address the issues that affect our community.
Shame on you, council. Why can’t we keep the politics in our town clean? We would accomplish more by doing so and that is what the people of Clarke’s Beach deserve and expect from council.
This has left a bad taste in my mouth. I truly believe the choice of who sits in the mayor’s chair should be made by the entire voting public in a fair manner, not a choice to be made by six members of council.
Clare Murphy writes from Clarke’s Beach