by: Diane Benjamin’
On November 14th Alderman Rob Fazzini did an interview with WGLT. This interview was early in his process of gathering petitions to put a referendum on the March primary ballot. Here is a link to the interview:
What the Renner, Fazzini, Fruin and Black team hasn’t been making clear is this: Bloomington will lose 1 Alderman. The petition states the change would be to 5 Wards and 3 at large. Currently, Bloomington has 9 Wards.
Jump forward in the interview to 5:50. Fazzini clearly states his plan creates 6 wards and 3 at large. That is NOT what his petition says. Was he worried about getting signatures if the citizens knew the truth? Why would citizens sign to DECREASE their representation on the Council. The 5 Wards would be much larger making access to your assigned Alderman more difficult. He has never said how the new Wards would be drawn and which alderman would be drawn out of his plan.
Here are the facts:
- All 3 At-large Alderman could be elected from the East side.
- The Mayor could be elected from the East side.
- Add the Ward Alderman representing the east side, another 1 or 2, and every other side of town will have very little voice on the Council.
- The re-drawn Council will be 5 ward Aldermen, 3 at-large, and the Mayor – Total of 9.
- 6 of the 9 could be from the East side. Of course 6 of the 9 could also be from the west side!
- Equal representation for all citizens could disappear as special interests groups spend money to elect people for their agenda
Obviously the RFFB (Renner, Fazzini, Fruin, Black) plan could severely limit citizens’ representation on the Council. Currently all areas of the City are equally represented.
Rob, how exactly is this better for citizens?