Sunday, November 05, 2006

Two Akron Issues

Two Akron Issues

The city council wants voters to approve giving them four year terms of service as opposed to the current two years. The plus would be that council persons would have more time to govern without having to raise money to be elected. The minus would be -- if it turns out voting for such&such was a mistake, we're stuck with him/her for four years.

Until we have real election reform that does away with anybody donating to candidates, we would be best served to keep the terms at two years. The local Dems have a stranglehold on the council. Not a good idea to make these jobs even more cushy for them. I will vote NO to the increase from two to four years.

The other Akron city issue is to change the job classification of the council's clerk from that of Civil Service to that of unclassified employment appointed by the council. There's got to be some kind of political intrigue going on about this issue. On the face of it, I think it is probably better to let it be a civil service job acquired by merit rather than favoritism. I'm voting NO on this issue.

If anyone has information that would make me change my mind on these two issues, I'd be open to hearing it.

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