In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
How do you think Antioch should have filled the City Council seat left vacant when Wade Harper was elected mayor? The options before the Antioch City Council were to hold a special election, appoint the third-highest vote-getter, appoint someone based on submitted applications or go through a public interview process for interested candidates.
APPOINT THE THIRD highest candidate receiving votes in the recent election. It would be the one fair way, since that individual already went through the campaign and election. I believe the third highest candidate receiving votes was Jim Davis.
ANTIOCH'S CURRENT CITY Council makeup should appoint someone through the applications and public interviews process. The recent elections determined who the voters wanted to fill certain seats, and those who lost should not hold any special positioning in this matter.
They lost, and that is that. But, they can equally apply for consideration also. This preferred method may not seem fair to some but there really is no process that would satisfy everyone. Career past city council members Jim Davis and Don Freitas were rejected by the voters and that should weigh heavily against their appointment, so someone else should be picked instead. We can't keep repeating the mistakes of the past -- especially when it comes to considering those who negatively contributed to our city's existing financial problems via their budget decisions over the years. Let's move forward, not backward.
Ralph A. Hernandez
FIRST OF ALL, no one who holds a current office should be allowed to run for any other office.
If you are elected and are receiving a paycheck from the taxpayers, that is the only job you should be doing. After you leave your elected position you may run for something else. On the "outside" if you have a business or other job that is called "moonlighting" and it is either frowned upon or not allowed.
Now, in keeping with government's usual wasteful ways, the city of Antioch should hold a special election costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Or, we could appoint the lowest vote-getter. They couldn't do any worse could they?
RATHER THAN INCUR the time, expense and politics of a special election, etc., I believe the appointment of the third highest vote-getter is the best for Antioch today. We will be getting a proven contributor to our community in Jim Davis. His priorities match well with other members and the needs of our community. It allows us to move forward without delay.
THE ANTIOCH CITY Council voted three to one to take applications from citizens to fill the council seat vacated by Mayor Wade Harper. Jim Davis was the third highest vote-getter. He got just a few votes less than those cast for our new councilwoman Monica Wilson
The logical course of action would be to welcome Jim Davis to the seat vacated by Mayor Harper. Now the city council will hand pick a replacement in a closed session. Did Mr. Davis not apply for the position when he threw his hat in the ring and ran a viable campaign? Now those of us who cared enough about our city to go to the polls and vote will be denied our choice.
Write and email your city council now and demand that Jim Davis be appointed to the city council. Let your voices be heard. Evidently, the ballot box didn't speak loud enough!
I THINK IT should be filled by the one who came in third. Why waste the public's -- and those who would have to campaign anew or those who would have to launch a campaign's -- money.
This week's question:
What can the Antioch police department do to entice experienced officers to its police force?
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