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Meet Lance Jack’s Successor…Lance Jack?

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The Southern Illinoisan and the Daily Egyptian had articles last week on Lance Jack’s plans to submit a letter of interest to be nominated for the council seat he resigned two weeks ago. The Southern article had a good analysis of how the replacement process will work.

It seems unlikely that Jack will be accepted back onto the council. In order to be reappointed, he would need to keep the votes of all the council members who supported his liquor license and he’d need to gain the support of one additional member. The three members who opposed the liquor license (Fritzler, Haynes, and Pohlmann) aren’t going to budge.

I’ll be interested to see who Cole appoints. The Daily Egyptian article quoted Cole:

“I’m sure there will be people that intend to run for office in the upcoming election that would probably like to be appointed,” Cole said. “If I were them, that’s what I would do.”

If the people currently running for city council submit letters of intent, whoever Cole picks will have received his tacit endorsement for next year’s election. That will be especially interesting if the nominee is a mayoral candidate.

There was one disturbing tidbit near the bottom of the Daily Egyptian article:

But Jack said he’s worried about who the council might appoint for the position. He said it’s clear some council members don’t have any idea what it’s like to live and work in Carbondale. Some of them don’t even live in town, he said.

“There are some on the council that have no idea what it’s like to live in Carbondale, to be a student in Carbondale. Frankly, I have often been embarrassed to have some of these people representing Carbondale,” Jack said.

Is it true that some members of the city council don’t live in the city? Chapter 2 of the city code (navigation on the left) makes it clear that council members must live within the city limits:

No person shall be eligible for any elective office who is not a qualified elector of the city and who shall not have resided therein at least one year next preceding his election, nor shall any person be eligible for any office who is a defaulter of the corporation. (R.O. 1929 Ch. XIV §§ 4, 14)

There is one point of ambiguity. Would it possible for someone to serve on city council who had two houses, one in the city limits and one outside the city, so long as the person was registered to vote at the address in the city, even if he or she mostly lived at the address outside the city? Is someone on the council doing this?

Comments are welcome.


Written by The Carbondale Observer

October 18, 2010 at 7:45 am

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