Application To Be On Asheville City CouncilBy
I’m listening to Matt Mittan getting frothy over City Council’s plan to choose a replacement for a vacated City Council seat by employing an application and interview process rather than using the fourth-highest-vote-getter precedent. Mittan’s objection is that the process is not democratic and that there ought to be an election instead.
I understand his point, but outside of holding a special election, which would most likely have a miserable turnout among City voters, I think this process is worth having a look at. It’s likely fundamentally flawed, and I’d rather see the precedent of appointing the fourth highest vote getter maintained, but it’s also possible we get the best Councilperson we’ve ever seen.
The central flaws of the process are that it is inherently political and leaves the populace out of the decision.
I thought it would fun to get a lot of people to apply, so we can have a look at how the process works. Here’s a link to the application.
What do y’all think? Wanna apply?