Georgia and Georgia’s Money vs. Goldwater Institute


The Goldwater Institute says consolidating local elections so that they coincide with all other elections in November of even numbered years will reduce special interest influence in local politics and the benefits far outweigh the objections of mostly local politicians who oppose it.

When asked by citizens to consider changing Goodyear’s elections to coincide with other,better subscribed elections, Georgia Lord replied that she would not lift a finger to promote it, it was up to citizens to do something about it because she feared, “unintended consequences”.

1. Here are two GWI articles on the subject;

http://goldwaterinstitute.org/blog/its-time-burst-special-interest-election-bubble  and;

http://goldwaterinstitute.org/blog/save-money-double-turnout-consolidated-local-elections

2. Here is what I have published in HGB about the same subject with reference to Goodyear;

https://howardsgoodyearblog.com/2011/10/22/gilbert-changed-their-election-cycle-in-45-days-why-cant-goodyear/

https://howardsgoodyearblog.com/2011/10/26/gy-council-debates-30k-savings-differential-7-years-in-the-future-but-why-wont-they-just-call-gilbert/

3. Here is what Georgia Lord had to say about it when asked to look into it by citizens (bold emphasis mine);

from Georgia Lord Georgia.Lord@goodyearaz.gov
to
date Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM
subject Goodyear election timing
mailed-by goodyearaz.gov
hide details 11/1/11

Good morning,

Thank you for reaching out to me with your concerns, suggestions and critiques regarding the issue of changing the election schedule for the city of Goodyear from spring to fall. Since the emails I received from each of you raise identical issues in this matter, I am responding with this email to all of you simultaneously.

Many valid points have been made by both supporters and opponents of moving Goodyear’s local elections to the fall. In reviewing these ideas, I find there are many additional and sometimes unintended and overlooked consequences should the suggested changes be implemented. I’ve also come to realize that there are many considerations to be taken into account, and I feel the process is best left to our citizens at this time. Several Valley cities have already gone through the process of changing their election schedules, and I’m sure the experiences of those communities will be instructive, as well.

Because the matter of changing our city’s election schedule would affect every citizen of Goodyear, I believe the prudent course of action is to allow residents to use existing avenues of action and political processes to explore the possibilities and alternatives, along with the pros and cons of changing or retaining the current election timing.

Thank you for your interest. I appreciate your involvement in the process, and I am heartened to see that you and many others are so engaged and invested in the future of our city.

Sincerely,

Georgia Lord, Mayor City of Goodyear

Office: 623-882-7775  Mobile: 602-677-5647

4. Here is where Georgia gets her campaign money from;

https://howardsgoodyearblog.com/2011/08/19/georgias-money/

Why don’t you pick up the phone and give Georgia your thoughts on this issue?

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