Much has been made over the last several months about preserving the will of the people as it related to the recall of (now ousted) controversial Troy Mayor Janice Daniels. Apparently the idea is that the open spot should be filled with a Daniels look-alike, politically speaking.
Specifically, Troy Patch blogger Dale Murrish has said REPEATEDLY that council MUST preserve the "power balance" of a 4-3 "fiscal Conservative" majority. He says decision makers must respect the MINORITY voice of those who wanted to keep Janice Daniels in office. Never mind that council should respect ALL Troy voters. Never mind that the Troy City Council is meant to be a non-partisan coalition. Never mind that we haven't really seen 4-3 votes since this new council was seated.
Never mind that his entire argument is pretty silly anyway...there was a reason the majority voted to get rid of her. Why would we replace her with a clone??
Furthermore, Councilman Dave Henderson said just today on his Facebook page that his desire for the open council spot is to "choose someone that maintains the will of the people as stated in the November 2011 election that saw three fiscal conservatives riding the wave of the tax battle discontent."
There's one glaring problem with all of this: the electorate voted Janice Daniels in AS AN INDEPENDENT. Local papers quoted her as saying she was not only independent, but a political newcomer. She herself stated she was independent. It was in her campaign literature and in her candidate bio in the Troy Times -- a publication from which a great majority of residents takes their information.
It was only after Janice Daniels was in office did her far-right, Tea Party, overly-personal ideology come to light to a large majority of Troy voters. And once they knew it, they embraced the efforts to recall her.
That made one thing clear.
The will of the people is to have AN INDEPENDENT, MODERATE VOICE. The recall proved that what Troy DIDN'T want someone as partisan as Janice Daniels representing them. Many of us ARE ALSO fiscally conservative. But we are gifted with the ability to evaluate issues on their own merits, not simply on our myopic vision and/or party identification. Daniels couldn't.
We don't need someone new like that.
Councilman Henderson states that choosing the person to represent us on council is the "bigger test" of our governing body's ability to work together. In addition to preserving the will of the voters of Troy, he's looking for wisdom as the six members work this out.
So are we, Mr. Henderson. Let's hope we're all defining the terms in the same way.