There’s such an interesting list of candidates putting in for Will’s job that we kind of wish the Charter could be instantly amended to allow for a sort of temporary “visiting” representative on the council.
That’s not a bad idea, really — have this interim council member position rotate among a large group of these residents. You could end up having a wide range of interests getting involved in the operation of local government. Maybe the new mayor can take it upon herself to just appoint a temporary three- or six-month slot if they can’t agree on one choice? Then they can go back later on and substitute someone else.
For real. We’re serious about this — a rotating council slot might be hell on staff, but it would provide some new voices in town. Many of these applicants should be seriously considered and allowed to show what they’ve got going.
Such things won’t be of course, and so the obvious choice for the council right now is Tim Murphy. We’ll forgive him his longtime association with Rogers, but appointing Murphy would satisfy the idea of an emotional and political continuity. He’s also incredibly well qualified for the job, if only because he once served on the council 25 years ago where he was forced to suffer an immense amount of ill will from a majority membership that we could only dream of having around right now to hate.
Some those guys were truly up to no good back then. They make today’s bad-faith actors look like Dr. Gordon.
The other valuable candidates should wait and run for the continuing slots. Murphy’s not going to try and run again after this is over, but some of the other ones should. They need to wait.
A couple of them also need to have someone look at their application paperwork before they turn it in to make sure everything’s all neat and clean and without errors. No names, please.