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    Posted: Oct 29 2013 at 9:26am
Last election cycle the Middletown voters supported a reduction in council members by 2, leaving only 5 members to sit on council, including the mayor. 

Monroe has 7 council members and no one is running opposed.

Seems to me that Monroe ought to consider doing the same thing as Middletown. This would provide a more competitive race as fewer people vying for fewer seats. 

Middletown also elects its mayor, unlike Monroe. In Monroe council votes for mayor on our behalf. I like the idea of people running for mayor and being elected by the people, rather than our representatives.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jrock1203 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 29 2013 at 10:08am
I do like the mayor election idea - a lot :-)
 
As far as reduction in councilmembers - I'm on the fence. Is there a genuine savings money wise? They don't get paid enough, IIRC, to really make a dent fiscally, and I think the increased competition come election time would be good.
 
Is there other genuine benefit that I am not realizing?
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What happens when we drop the number from 7 to 5 and then next election the 5 run unopposed ? How low do we go.

There is just a lack of interest for running for these seats..................not sure what can be done to change that.

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How low do we go?

I was thinking down to one supreme dictator of Monroe. 
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I can't imagine why there would be a lack of people running for these seats.

this town treats it's council members with the utmost respect and admiration at all times.

Instead of looking to decrease the number of people running why not look into making it a role more people covet and want to take on.
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At this point I would be in favor of reducing down to zero and appointing a benevolent dictator.
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Yes.
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