I’ve been outspoken in the past on the concept of appointing open Council seats and I understand why some people disagree with me on my request for special elections. Some say that a special election yields less than 20% of the registered voters, which isn’t an accurate representation of the electorate. Some also indicate that the cost of a special election isn’t easily justified, especially in an economy where we argue $100K budgets for Shop Simi Valley First or the Business Advocate.
I asked for Bob Huber’s position on political appointments, and also about term limits since that was a recent topic of conversation in our recent live chat and podcast. Bob Huber provided the following response from his campaign.
Bob supports term limits and opposes the appointment system.
Bob Huber supports term limits of (2) 4-year terms for City Council and (4) 2-year terms as Mayor. Bob does not support the current appointment system to fill vacant seats on the council either. Bob believes that the current appointment system ” thwarts the will of the people and the practice should end immediately.” Bob would be in favor of an interim appointment that would not run for election as Moorpark recently did to fill their vacancy.
Bob is also calling on all incumbents and challengers to pledge to end the current appointment practice as well.
I’d like to hear more about your thoughts on appointments and term limits.