Miriam Paris, as predicted, got the unanimous support of City Council tonight. James Timely will again be President Pro Tempore and Ed DeFore, the longest serving member of Council, will be the third person on Committee on Committees.
Mr. DeFore, despite his tenure, has never been on the Committee on Committees, the body which assigns all members to the various committees.
So, what was up? If you look at the breakdown, here’s what shaped up:
It was not old versus new.
It was not black versus white.
It was reform versus status quo and it was civility versus incivility. A number of people who voted for Miriam felt very strongly that she would be the most fair and could be trusted more than any of the others to not take sides and to be an honest broker.
And so it came to pass that Miriam racked up votes. Larry Schlesinger likewise racked up the votes to be President Pro Tempore. He had eight firm votes, but he was willing to stand aside for James Timley if a deal could be worked out between Miriam and James.
Tonight, James Timley nominated Miriam and that nomination was seconded by several people at once.
Ed DeFore then nominated James Timley with multiple seconds and Mike Cranford nominated Ed DeFore with multiple seconds.
I think most of City Council understands the meaning of the elections this year. Winds of change are blowing.
And now, if Council were smart, it would try to fade into the background and let the new Mayor have the limelight to himself.
PS – I’m now officially honorable 😉