Dallas’ strong mayor campaign is starting to make major news sources. It fun to watch all the disparate groups line up against the strong mayor initiative. From your expected city council members (they have the most power to lose) to local pit bulls to the former mayor above, lots of people have a vested interest in not upsetting the apple cart right now.
All the separate interests are going to struggle against something like this, but what it boils down to is what’s good for Dallas. Because I foresee us moving back to Dallas at some point (we love the city, we love the life, though I’m hoping to install a little small-town in Kat), I have an interest in this as well.
Right now, we have a mayor, elected by a citywide vote, who is really nothing other than a glorified council member. While I can understand the fears and concerns of people who are normally represented by their council members, I have to wonder at the reasoning behind having a mayor with little power of his or her own.
That said, it’s hard for me to understand the racial history of Dallas and if you relegate the city council to a real true backburner, how do you protect the minorites and little people? How is it possible to have a strong mayor, one who can override the council, hire the city manager, et. cetera, et. ceteral and protect against the entirely possible issue of the mayor becoming corrupted? I don’t have an answer for that. What is this going to come down to? Shutze thinks it will be Miller’s personality and her ability to sell the idea that the system we have now is irrepairably (Ed> Is that a word? Depends on the bourbon intake) broken. I’m not sure she can sell that, but the next few months ought to be fun to watch as the DMN and Blackwood line up behind Miller while the Council, Dallas Citizen Council and Kirk line up to defeat her. I can’t wait for the fireworks to start.