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Council has a tough choice

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By Ralph Damiani

In fulfilling its legal role in filling the vacant county council seat left by the resignation of Jim West, the council has a tough task before it.

With applications from 11 local residents, many of whom have considerable community experience and knowledge, their task is not an easy one.

The vacant seat has been the subject of discussion and dissension for a couple of months now. And in all honesty, it will be a surprise if that debate ends Tuesday.

There are some in the community urging the council to just take the next-place finisher in the election and name that person.

While there would be nothing wrong with that, and we have no problem with that person, the council is really under no obligation to do that.

Or show any consideration to those numbers. While it is easy to talk about the votes received, one must also talk about the votes not received when making such an argument.

The people who finished fourth and fifth did lose remember and that fact must also be considered.

All that said, we do not envy the council this decision. Almost no matter how it goes, there will be a lot of unhappy folks.

The task is made even harder by the quality of many of those who applied.


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