Alternative single-member district plan could hit November ballot
During a council work session Tuesday, no members of the public signed up to voice their opinions on splitting council members' jurisdictions to an 8-2-1 plan, meaning eight single-member districts, two at large seats and one mayor.
However, the plan still could hit the November ballot for vote. Council Member Chris Riley and Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole moved to approve the measure on first reading during Tuesday's session.
Council Members Mike Martinez and Bill Spelman disagreed, claiming the 8-2-1 plan would jeopardize the 10-1 plan, which would split council into 10 single-member districts and one mayor. That measure has already received the go-ahead from council to hit the ballot this November.
Cole said voters need to have choice. Mayor Lee Leffingwell agreed saying, "Giving the voters a choice is very appropriate."
The measure failed on the first reading a by 4-3 vote. However, council members voted 5-2, Spelman and Martinez dissenting, to have a second reading during another work session Aug. 7.