By Ron Munden – February 14, 2020
On February 12, 2020 I wrote an article titled, “OPINION: WHY IS THE MARSHALL CITY COMMISSION PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS?”. On February 13, 2020 the current City Commission fell into a trap that two other recent City Commissions had avoided – they inserted themselves into the selection of a City Commissioner in a district other than the district they represent. They signaled who they want to be the commissioner for District 2.
With only 5 commission meetings before the city election, the Commissioners selected a temporary commissioner to serve for those meetings. On a 3 – 2 vote the Commissioners selected Mr. Morris. Commissioners Bonner, Calhoun, and Ware voted for Mr. Leo Morris. Commissioners Brown and Lewis voted for Mr. Jeff Henderson. Commissioner Hurta did not attend the meeting.
In my opinion, the City Commission acted improperly in selecting a temporary commissioner for these five meetings. But, my opinion is not important — the opinion of every voter in District 2 is very important.
On May 2, 2020 those voters should go to the poll and vote for the person THEY think will be the best commissioner for District 2 and not be influenced by the unfortunate action of the current City Commission.