Saturday, August 16, 2008

Special Election is Debated

According to the Detroit News, there is a considerable amount of debate as to how long Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel, Jr. would be able to remain mayor if and when Kwame M. Kilpatrick leaves office. Some observers argue that there is a conflict between City Charter's mandate as to when the election should happen and a Michigan law that mandates that elections are to only happen during the months of February, May, August and November.

I won't opine on precisely when a special election should happen, should the need arise. I will simply say this: no matter what one might say about Mayor Kilpatrick, the fact of the matter is that he duly elected into his office. I believe it is imperative that he replacement face electorate; that it happen as expeditiously and fairly as possible.

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