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Justified re-election


To the Editor:

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 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 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 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.

Charles S. "Terry" Davis III

Council Member

Grosse Pointe Farms City Council

Charles S. "Terry" Davis III
February 20, 2003

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