March 29 election could have best annual election voter turn out in 11 years
When I realized today's local election was on the same date as 11 years ago when the Mayor/Council/Manager government failed for the 2nd time I started getting that deja vu vibe, which grew more overpowering with the controversy that arose yesterday over the School Committee race.
Rereading all the emails that ricocheted around the Internet leading up to epic showdown only reminded me how much work went into the effort -- collecting the thousands of signatures, the more than 50 meetings of the Charter Commission over a year-and-a-half, and the public relations campaign to support passage of the new form of government.
While I'm confident the Charter Question will pass handily tomorrow I was also pretty confident this time eleven years ago that the new government proposed by that Charter Commission would pass, which obviously it did not.
If the Charter question does not pass tomorrow, abandon hope all ye who enter here.
Bev & Stan Durnakowski (SnBDurn) and I formed our own political action committee "Mayor Council Yes" since we were unhappy with the Charter Commission for choosing not to go with a Mayor/Council (voting 5-4 against it) and eventually coming up with a Mayor/Council/Manager.
In other words, we kind of held our noses and worked for passage, figuring it was still w-a-y better than our current Town Meeting form of government.
The regular pro-Charter folks formed "Charter Now", which we jokingly referred to as the "Charterista's." And the opposition formed "TownMeetingWorks.org" as they have done again in the current campaign.
Jim Pitts was Vice Chair of the Charter Commission and strongly believed in the strong Mayor/Council model that was narrowly rejected by the Commission. His 3/30/05 memo to Bev and Stan the day after the defeat moved me to tears.
Proposed Charter lost April 1, 2003 by 14 votes and by 252 votes on March 29, 2005.