heidi at ekendalls.net
Sun Oct 29 12:35:10 MST 2006
I agree with Bob Jaffe on these points, emphasizing that the entire city
would benefit from the changes. -- Heidi Kendall, City Council Ward 1
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Jaffe" <bobj at montana.com>
To: <missoulagov at cmslists.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 8:55 AM
Subject: [MissoulaGov] LGSC
> Here is a letter to the editor I sent out yesterday.
> Return to Partisan Elections:
> Our local political parties serve a vital role in creating excitement and
> participation in our local elections. By eliminating partisan elections we
> have effectively emasculated those organizations and weakened their role
> in the democratic process. The effect has been a decline in participation.
> Some say that fixing potholes and sidewalks have nothing to do with
> political affiliation. City Council decisions also cover land use,
> taxation, distribution of public resources, and many other issues where
> an individual's perspective on the role of government and social
> priorities are significant. This is the very stuff that political parties
> help define. Please vote for the return to partisan elections.
> Nine Wards:
> The decision over nine wards ultimately comes down to how you feel about
> Ward 2. Missoula's growth has primarily been on the northwest side of
> town. These new neighborhoods have been annexed into Ward 2. Grant Creek
> and the neighborhoods to the west have distinctly different needs and
> interests than the older Northside and Westside neighborhoods. With nine
> wards those areas will be able to vote for their own representative. With
> six wards we will most likely split the Northside and Westside, connecting
> one to the Rattlesnake and one to the Grant Creek and Mullan road areas.
> One of these central historic neighborhoods will forever be relegated to
> being a numerical minority to the often competing interests of the new
> neighborhoods to the west. This same principal applies to the rest of the
> city as well. As populations shift and we redraw ward boundaries, nine
> wards will give us more opportunity to keep the wards representing
> neighborhoods of somewhat similar needs. If you believe wards should
> represent neighborhoods and areas of common interest please vote for nine
> Bob Jaffe
> Missoula City Council Representative Ward 3
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