The Grosse Pointe Farms City Council last week elected Robert Herdigan, a former council member in 1968-1970, to fill the unexpired term of Ed Gaffney who was elected as our state representative. This term expires in November 2003 Ñ just eight months from now.
Although a number of qualified citizens had indicated their willingness to serve on council, I nominated Bob Herdigan because: a) our citizens had previously elected him to council, and b) he had indicated he would not run for re-election in November.
To me, these two facts were of paramount importance.
For our council to choose someone else would be arrogant Ñ we would have supplanted the choice of a few council members for a choice already made by our electorate in a past public election. On what grounds could we possibly justify this?
Further, if council chose someone who would run in the fall election, a few members of council would be bestowing the title "incumbent" onto their choice Ñ which would be a very big "leg up" for that individual's re-election in November. On what grounds would we justify biasing an election that is only eights months off?
By choosing a former experienced council member who would be able to immediately contribute and who would not run for re-election, I believe the council chose the best of all worlds appointing an experienced individual, who reflected our citizens' prior choice, without biasing the upcoming election.