orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Opinion

July 12, 2011

Special election needs to be held in Vidor

ORANGE — The city of Vidor should hold a special election to fill the vacant city council position.

Angela Brading’s resignation from the Vidor City Council has left the divided board in an unique position. Newly elected mayor, Ken Crawford, and the council have the authority to appoint someone to fill the position. Or, they can give taxpayers the opportunity to better direct their city’s future.

A special election should be called to give residents the opportunity to vote for the person they feel is right for the job.

Elected positions should always be just that, elected, not appointed.

Vidor’s council has been divided over the last few months.  

The council cannot continue to prolong infighting and further divisiveness. Taxpayers have already seen months of bickering and accusations toward each other and city manager Ricky Jorgensen. An appointment without an election will only add to more speculation of cronyism or a political power grab.

Let the residents decide who joins city council and makes decisions shape Vidor’s future.

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