It looks like we’ll have a special meeting before the special election. Isn’t that special? On August 5, the council will meet to possibly change the election law before the special election. It seems like there are some things that might need changing (recount procedures anyone?), but given that the new election is just a few weeks away, it will be interesting to see what kind of changes the council wants to make, and if there is time to make those changes in a way that doesn’t make life more difficult for the election commission.
Also on the agenda are some nominations: Election Commissioner: Susan Plumb; Marshal: Sharon Wright; Attorney General: Diane Hammons. Speaker of the Council Meredith Frailey wanted this special meeting to address these issues quickly, and asked Smith to call it, because terms were either up or expiring soon.
We’re sure this will turn into a campaign issue, but it shouldn’t. Baker likely won’t want to do anything Smith proposes (remember when Baker said the new election should be held on August 13th? That was a ludicrous proposal by any stretch), but hopefully our elected officials will make judgments based on people’s qualifications rather than today’s supercharged political climate.