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It Is Never Too Early To Think About November (Elections)

2011 November Elections

Next month, the City clerk’s office will be preparing and releasing the required paperwork for people interested in running for an elected seat in this November’s election. Is that you? Someone you know? You have a month, or two, to think it over.

This year there are four seats open on the city commission: Office of Mayor (now held by Chris Bzdok) and, count ’em, three seats for Office of City Commissioner (seats now held by commissioners Ralph Soffredine, Barbara Budros and Jim Carruthers.) There is no public inclination from those holding a seat if they will run again. I’ve heard rumors, but nothing substantiated. Either-way, the seats can and should be contested.

Any Interested MyWHaT Readers?

Who among you can we plant the bug of civic duty inside of? The need is great for representatives at the local level who share a deep concern for how we build-out our public spaces, plan our future city, spend our resources and who bring a positive, YIMBY attitude towards government. Again, know anyone?

Please, let’s refrain from calling anyone out here in the comments section. Let them do that. Instead, if you know of someone who you’d like to see represent you, ask them directly. Flatter them. Buy them coffee, lunch or beer. In general, butter them up. Offer them your support. Make a pitch; even it is to yourself. In the end, it has to be something that is good for the individual.

A Few Details

The filing deadline is August 9 by 4:00 pm in the clerk’s office and the election is November 8. It seems like a long-time away, but there is a bit of work to be done to get your name on the ballot and then, obviously, to get your name recognized.

After the paperwork is released in May, the signatures of a whopping 70 registered & qualified voters of the City of Traverse City is required. However, more signatures will be needed for assurance because not everyone has clarity whether they are actually registered or not, and those who sign may only sign the number of petitions equal to the number of seats available. In other words, this year there are 3 commissioner seats open so a person may only sign up to three “Office of City Commissioner” candidates’ petitions–if they sign four, their signature doesn’t count on any of them. Of course, the City recommends potential candidates file as soon as possible to allow time for corrections if in the paperwork if needed.

We will be running more posts discussing the elections in the coming weeks to further make the pitch to MyWHaT readers. From the discussions that have taken place on this blog, it seems that we attract a good proportion of the types of elected officials that we need: open-minded, research driven and broad interest for improving the entire community.

Consider it.

If you have run for office before, I invite you to leave a comment of advice for people considering it. You know, how it doesn’t hurt and isn’t that difficult🙂. If you are interested in running, you can email the Deputy City Clerk, Benjamin C. Marentette, to be emailed the candidate packet as soon as they are available.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Any resemblance to real people in the quick sketch above is unintended.
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  1. Linnaea
    April 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I nominate one Gary Howe! (I know, you already donate your talents on the Parks and Rec board, as well as this blog–but c’mon, you can take this on too, right??)

  2. jayson
    April 14, 2011 at 12:38 am

    i accidentally thumbed the previous comment down. i would, were i a city dweller, fully support gary howe for just about anything he might run for. and have in fact considered writing him in when once i was a city dweller.

  3. April 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Thank you. I’m flattered, but let’s hold back nominating anyone at this point and time.

  4. Blah Blah
    May 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Let’s not forget, this is the same guy who goes ahead and edits people’s comments on here, with no indication that he’s done so, a form of censorship and silencing views he doesn’t like. Howe only wants to hear his own breath speaking. If it matches his world view exactly, he might listen to you. Otherwise he simply cuts you out. Watch this blog, this comment won’t even be posted because Howe never takes criticism or, like I said, anything that doesn’t exactly match his wacky views on things. How could a person like this be a good representative for others? Obviously he couldn’t.

  5. May 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Due to excessive spam getting-by filters, first time comments with an email address not previously used in the comments section are held for approval. That task is handled manually and I try to be as timely as possible.

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