Sam Adams and the Very Bad Idea

It’s not often I find myself agreeing with The Oregonian editorial board. But it’s hard to disagree that Adams’ idea to postpone until September the election to fill Erik Sten’s council seat is a Very Bad Idea.

The current plan, proposed by city auditor Gary Blackmer, would see a May primary, followed by run-off in July if necessary. This would be in line with the city charter, and would guarantee the seat does not sit empty. It’s also the best way to ensure decent turnout.

Who knows why Adams would propose such a thing. Let’s just hope nobody else in city hall thinks this is a good idea.

4 Comments so far

  1. tenstringesquire (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    I agree whole-heartedly. If, like the editorial said, that Adams is just thinking out loud, then no harm no foul. But if he is serious and intends to go through with this, that is freaking frightening.

    You would think after the whole Interstate/Chavez fiasco, Adams would learn that monkeying with established protocol is a bad idea. And monkeying with election rules – that’s just scary.

  2. Jack Bog (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

    Even under the Blackmer plan, there’s a little monkeying going on. If I’m reading this correctly, the city charter requires that barring special circumstances, any runoff has to be within 45 days of the primary, but state law says that armed service folks are supposed to get their mail ballots mailed to them at least 45 days before the runoff. You can’t have it both ways, and besides, 45 days after the primary is the Fourth of July. And so the Blackmer deal pushes the runoff out another 11 days, to July 15.

  3. Steve (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

    When faced with “a little monkeying” and “bat-shit crazy,” I’ll take a little monkey business any day.

  4. Steve (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 7:14 am

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