Should Menlo Park change council elections?
Original post made on Aug 27, 2013
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on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:54 am
If the city was broken up into three districts, Flood Triangle and the Willows would likely be in the same district as Belle Haven. If the most recent election was by district, Fergusson would have been elected over Clarke and Bragg. Encouraging and supporting three candidates from Belle Haven to run for the Ravenswood School Board could have a much greater impact on the Belle Haven community.
on Aug 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm
Menlo Park is not so big that this is necessary. I want all of the council members to have an interest in the entire community. I worry that district elections would result in balkanization that would be bad for everyone.
on Aug 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm
When I grew up in Menlo Park, the five councilmembers were very similar, running the city well but at the same time heavily tied to the business community.
Where I live now, we have six districts plus an at-large mayor. more interests are represented, and I think that it works far, far better. I hope we never change.
While Menlo Park is far different than where I am now, I think something like we have would be good for Menlo Park, either five districts electing a mayor, or four districts with an at-large mayor.
By the way, even though he is long gone, Mike Belangie was one of those five at-large councilmembers, he is still a hero to me, and I still think of him often. Just because seats are at-large does not mean that there will not be good councilmembers.