In the ultimate of power grabs, and proffering the flimsiest of reasons, three former Paradise Valley mayors — David Hann, Robert Plenge and Ed Winkler — have unilaterally decided that the appointment process beats an election any day of the week. And, why not? It’s much easier to control a few council votes than the residents of the entire town of Paradise Valley.
Gubernatorial candidate and current appointed mayor of Paradise Valley, Vernon Parker, is oddly AWOL on the issue.
It becomes far too risky a process for these elitists to allow a vote of the people, and leave elections to chance. Here are their preposterous reasons for corralling the votes to themselves:
David Hann: “In a time of fiscal constraints, it is not appropriate to have the added expense of a separate race for mayor.”
Robert Plenge: “I don’t think our current system is broken. I suggest we stay with what we have.”
Ed Winkler: “With the current process, voters are indirectly electing the mayor because the council members they voted for should all have the skills necessary to represent the town as mayor.”
With Winker’s rationale we would have the U.S. Senate electing the president.
The election is March 9, 2010. Residents have until February 8, to register to vote in that important election.
A “yes” vote for Proposition 402 would allow for direct voter election beginning in 2012.
Isn’t that what the Founders had in mind?
The daily carries the report here.