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Goodyear deserves more choices for mayoral position
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:00am
We’re pleased to see some competition this time around for Goodyear’s mayoral seat. We just wish there were more of it.
And there should be. Goodyear’s got plenty of residents who are qualified for the position.
But as it stands, Goodyear voters have two choices for mayor in the upcoming March 14 election: current Mayor Georgia Lord, who was appointed to the position in late 2010 after then Mayor Jim Cavanaugh stepped down, basically citing irreconcilable differences between himself and the council, and Cavanaugh.
Neither candidate is violating any of the city’s rules by running. Neither has served a total of two four-year terms, which the position is limited to. But they’ve both come very close.
Cavanaugh was first elected mayor in 2003 when the position was a two-year term. The city’s charter changed after that and he became the first mayor to serve a four-year term. He was re-elected to a second four-term when he resigned about halfway through.
Lord was appointed to the position in late 2010 when Cavanaugh quit, and the city held a special election for the remaining two years in March 2011, which she won. She was then elected to a four-year term in 2013 when she ran unopposed.
Cavanaugh’s already served about eight years and Lord has already served six but neither has served two four-year terms, so Goodyear’s next mayor will serve over eight years.
It’s all on the up and up, but we’re not crazy about it. Granted if Lord wins, she will only be serving two extra years, but if Cavanaugh wins, it will be like a third four-year term.
One thing is for sure, Goodyear residents won’t be seeing anything new out of the winner because both candidates are incumbents.
Either way, whoever wins will be termed out in 2021, assuming whoever wins doesn’t resign partway through the term.
Four years from now seems like a long time, but it will be here before we know it, and for all we know, this election’s loser just might wind up back on the ballot.
Goodyear deserves a bigger selection of mayoral candidates.
We hope to see some new faces in 2021.
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