If Gloversville Common Council members are going to give voters a crack at the mayor's job, why not their own?
Council members were all into democracy when it came to putting a public referendum on the ballot to change the form of city government to a city manager system, significantly weakening the mayor's role.
But now that the mayor has proposed another referendum to have citywide elections for council members instead of them representing individual wards, some council members are suddenly balking at handing the ball to the voters. By allowing citywide elections for council members instead of the current ward-by-ward votes, some council members might lose their political bases — and their seats.
This is all part of a political game between the mayor and his opponents on the council for control of the city. We get that.
But the form of government is a real issue. And selecting one comes down to a simple premise:
If voters are good enough to decide on one form of representation, they’re also good enough to decide on another.