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Elections based on Wards?

Government

 

Steve Koczela raised the question as to whether a ward system for Shorewood might better represent the citizens of Shorewood. I believe it would.

And to carry this discussion on further and also in the hope that individual Trustees would also participate, I'm going to make a proposal:

That Shorewood be divided up into 4 wards and one citizen of that ward be elected to the Board of Trustees to serve only one year and not to exceed 3 consecutive years. That the President of the Board be elected at large to serve only 2 years and not more than 2 consecutive terms.

This would give us a 5-member board, which I believe would be rather dynamic and representative of the voters and the people, government “of the people, by the people and for the people.

The annual terms for trustees and the short term for the president would make them more accountable to the citizens and might keep citizens more involved in their governance.

Two of the wards should be west of Maryland Avenue and two east of it.

I'd like to get citizens comments and to hear from members of the Board, and especially those who may be coming up for election this winter.

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