So even our local corporate owned newspaper the Times-Standard can’t help but notice something is very wrong with Eureka elections, but as usual they completely miss the point. They ask:
“Why waste time debating Eureka’s proposed ward system when the city can barely find enough candidates to put City Council seats in play?”
Because as we point out in our post:
ELECTIONS IN EUREKA ARE SERIOUSLY BROKEN; LET’S FIX IT! “>https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/elections-in-eureka-are-seriously-broken-lets-fix-it/
the amount of money and organization needed to run against the developer political machine in a city wide election staggering and the political hatchet machine visibly represented by Mr Chiv’d and his slander/defamation posts.
In a “True ward – True voice” system it would greatly diminish the effect of the $50,000 war chest which seems to be a guaranteed minimum to any Owen-Arkley-Mcbeth blessed candidate. An underfunded challenger could actually level the playing field by knocking on every door in their ward and personally connecting with their neighbors. The impact of Kramer and other big landlords force tenants city wide to have campaign signs on the lawn of the house they’re renting would be somewhat defused.
It’s not a given as some would want you to believe that it would be a guaranteed progressive council with five wards. There is one that’s reliably conservative and one that leans conservative. There’s one that’s reliably to the left and two others that vote either way. What the true ward system would create is fairness and a more level playing field that will allow regular citizens with good ideas to have a shot at holding office.
Don’t let the local right wing or not so local corporately run print newspaper fool you, the true ward is the way to open up the city council to a broader range of candidates.
Time Standard Editorial we’re refering to here: http://www.times-standard.com/opinion/20160820/eureka-council-races-inspire-a-few-questions