Q: Would you be in favor of splitting the city into districts from which each city council member would be elected?
A: I would not be in favor of splitting our city into districts from which each council member would be elected. I feel we have a small enough city that each citizen is impacted to some extent by all changes within the city. Each council member is concerned with every decision made, and since they are elected by the entire city, the happiness of all citizens of Glasgow plays a role in the decision-making process. Also, I feel it may be limiting to require council members to come from certain districts. During any given election, there may not be an interested or qualified person from one of the set districts. By forcing the seat to be filled by someone in that district, another enthusiastic, willing person may be prevented from serving on the council. This would only weaken our city government.
Q: What is the role of a city council member in conducting city business?
A: Ultimately, the role of a city council member is to diligently review information presented to us and act on it in the best interest of the public. More specifically, it is a city council member’s role to be an ear to the public, serve on committees, be active, involved and make thoroughly contemplated decisions for the betterment and future prosperity of Glasgow.
Q: Are the actions of committees more/less important than the actions of city council as a whole?
A: There is a wonderful check and balance system between the committees and the whole council. While committees work on hashing out the details and make the majority of the decisions, the whole council must vote to pass anything the committees propose. This is a wonderful system since each council member could not possibly serve on every committee. That would make for a burdensome time commitment and be ineffective time management. Instead, council members can serve on the handful of committees in which they have a working knowledge or interest. They make the most of their talents for the benefit of the city. Then, as each committee makes proposals, every council member has the ability to review the proposal, ask questions and make suggestions for clarification. The two go hand in hand to create a win-win process.