And Thus There Was Voting

By on 11 March, 2011 in Government, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

As you likely well know by now, that election that we’ve been covering relentlessly here at MML? Well, it happened.

Of the eight candidates that started the race to represent District 7 on the Montgomery City Council, seven were still in the mix on Tuesday, and now, two remain. The field has been substantially narrowed and the next phase of the electoral battle will consist of Arch Lee versus Jenny Ives in an April 19 runoff.

The winner of that race will sit on the City Council until August, when all of the city councilors will be up for election again. Already, some of the folks eliminated in Tuesday’s election have said that they will again vie for the slot in August. The winner of the upcoming runoff will only enjoy a few months of the advantages provided to incumbents.

The selection of Ives and Lee to face each other in the runoff may have been unsurprising to observers who happened to notice the top-notch reporting of Jill Nolin in the Montgomery Advertiser throughout the race. Nolin noted in a March 7th article that Ives and Lee were by far the top two spenders in the race and you didn’t have to look at campaign disclosure forms to see that Lee (who is a lobbyist by trade) and Ives (a retired real estate property manager) had plastered the district with yard signs and billboards. And the duo also spent some of that campaign money on robo-calls, which should not (in our opinion) be legal.

The spending is not over yet.

We’ve got all the relevant dates regarding the runoff (deadlines for registering voters, absentee voting, etc.) in our post here. We look forward enjoying the products of this fascinating exercise in local democracy. What are those products? The manifest improvements in the civic character and socio-cultural nature of our city that comes from having a responsive and attentive group of elected leaders. The city is richer for having many people stepping up to offer to lead and we look forward to observing the continued unfolding of our collective civic narratives.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with a cat, a dog, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.


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