At tonight's informal Common Council meeting, Council President Don Moore set the time for the special meeting to decide who will replace Larissa Parks as an alderman representing the First Ward: Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. Two people have expressed interest in position: Nick Haddad and Geeta Cheddie. The question is: Will the Common Council elect the person that First Ward voters want to represent them, or will the aldermen, especially those who wield powerful weighted votes in the Common Council, elect the person they want on the Council?
The voters of the First Ward made their preference clear four months ago. In November 2011, 194 First Ward voters went to the polls. Only 48 of them voted for Cheddie (then the incumbent) for alderman, as compared with 138 who voted for Parks (then using the surname Thomas) and 146 who voted for David Marston. In the same election, 143 voters in the First Ward voted for Nick Haddad for mayor.
The will of the First Ward is pretty obvious, but will the members of the Common Council respect it?
Gossips Confession: Where are my math skills? In my original post, I added together Cheddie's votes on the Republican and Conservative lines and neglected to add the 15 votes she received on the Independence line. The total votes cast for Cheddie in November 2011 was 48 not 33 as originally reported. Mea culpa.