We were sitting at the kitchen table with friends the other night and the issue of Richard Allen's resignation came up and his potential replacement. It appears as if some councilllors and members of the public would prefer to hold a very expensive and complex by-election for a short-term vacancy. This is irresponsible to the tax payers of the city and looks highly suspicious of political maneuvering by some existing councillors who may not like the runner-up's views (Mr. Scott). My daughter even perked up and simply said the people on council shouldn't block him as it is only fair to pass the position to who came in second, which happens in many walks of life.
The people of Countryside district have had a democratic election just two years ago and it really does just make sense to have the second place finisher take the position for the rest of the term. We cannot see any legitimate reason why not to. None of the candidates got a good outcome last time. Even Allen received just 30 per cent of the vote, not a resounding endorsement, 70 per cent rejecting him.
Lets hope those on council can see their folly in going down this by-election road. If there was minimal cost to the city and a simple procedure, an election may be warranted. But that is not the case. Even accepting applications for the position would be open to abuse by councillors in selecting whom they feel would fit into their own political leanings. It appears as if Mr. Scott has the only legitimate claim on this council position, at least until the next general election next year.