on election denied
Express Staff Writer
declining two weeks ago to repeal the city’s new election ordinance, the
Ketchum City Council unanimously voted Monday night to move forward on
repealing a provision for runoff elections.
hearing was the first on the proposed amendment. Two weeks ago, Mayor Ed
Simon proposed the city repeal the entire ordinance, which establishes
seats for which candidates must run rather than the previously used
winners-take all system. But the city council declined to move forward on
council members said they are unanimously against holding runoff
elections, they continued to disagree on the system that should be used.
outset of the debate nearly a year ago, Councilman Maurice Charlat
adamantly opposed the new, designated seats system. His fellow council
members consistently advocated the new system.
who commented on the issue over the course of the past year consistently
sided with Charlat and opposed the new system.
each and every one of you, seem to have your minds made up," Warm
Springs resident and Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commissioner Rod Sievers
said. "You chose, for your own personal beliefs, to represent your
suggested the city ask voters to decide the issue on an advisory ballot.
Charlat agreed, and challenged his colleagues consider the matter.
you opposed to letting the people decide, or do you have superior
knowledge over the electorate?" Charlat asked. "If we don’t
let the people decide, then we’ve said: ‘We have superior knowledge.
We’re going to decide.’"
Randy Hall was the only official to answer Charlat’s charge. He said the
city should not take lightly its ability to issue referendums. He called
the city’s decision to ask voters if the city should keep or get rid of
the Wagon Days shootout gang performance "a mistake."
council will hold a second reading Feb. 18 of the ordinance to repeal